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Haunts of the Black Masseur: The Swimmer as Hero (Vintage Classics)

“Haunts of the Black Masseur” is a dazzling introduction to the great swimming heroes: Byron leaping into the surf at Shelley’s beach funeral, Hart Crane, swallow-diving to his death in the Bay of Mexico, Ulysses, Leander, Weismuller and many more. In lively prose bursting with anecdote, Charles Sprawson leads us into a watery world populated by lithe demi-Gods – one that has obsessed humans from the ancient Greeks and Romans, to Yeats, Virginia Woolf, F. Scott Fitzgerald and David Hockney….

Haunts Of The Black Masseur

Author : Charles Sprawson  |  Pub Date : 2009-10-06  |  Publisher : Random House

ISBN 10 : 9781409043454
ISBN 13 : 1409043452

A new re-issue of the cult swimming classic, twenty-five years after its first publication. WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY AMY LIPTROT ‘A luminously romantic history of swimming’ G..

Haunts Of The Black Masseur

Author : Charles Sprawson  |  Pub Date : 2012-08-29  |  Publisher : Pantheon

ISBN 10 : 9780307823649
ISBN 13 : 0307823644

In a masterful work of cultural history, Charles Sprawson, himself an obsessional swimmer and fluent diver, explores the meaning that different cultures have attached to water, and..

Haunts Of The Black Masseur

Author : Charles Sprawson  |  Pub Date : 1994-07-01  |  Publisher : Penguin Books

ISBN 10 : 0140235469
ISBN 13 : 9780140235463

As summer sends swimmers to the beach, here is "a fascinating scrapbook about swimming, loaded with lore . . . and suffused with the mystery of water".--The New York Times Book Rev..


Author : Lynn Sherr  |  Pub Date : 2012-04-03  |  Publisher : PublicAffairs

ISBN 10 : 9781610390477
ISBN 13 : 1610390474

Swim is a celebration of swimming and the effect it has on our lives. It’s an inquiry into why we swim—the lure, the hold, the timeless magic of being in the water. It’s a lo..


Author : Al Alvarez  |  Pub Date : 2013-02-14  |  Publisher : A&C Black

ISBN 10 : 9781408841013
ISBN 13 : 1408841010

The ponds of Hampstead Heath are small oases; fragments of wild nature nestled in the heart of north-west London. For the best part of his life Al Alvarez – poet, critic, novelis..

Mochi S War

Author : Chris Enss  |  Pub Date : 2015-06-15  |  Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN 10 : 9781493013944
ISBN 13 : 1493013947

Colorado Territory in 1864 wasn't merely the wild west, it was a land in limbo while the Civil War raged in the east and politics swirled around its potential admission to the unio..

How To Read Water

Author : Tristan Gooley  |  Pub Date : 2016-09-11  |  Publisher : The Experiment

ISBN 10 : 9781615193592
ISBN 13 : 1615193596

A New York Times Bestseller A Forbes Top 10 Conservation and Environment Book of 2016 Read the sea like a Viking and interpret ponds like a Polynesian—with a little help from the..

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