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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..

Desperate Characters

Author : Paula Fox  |  Pub Date : 1999-05-17  |  Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN 10 : 9780393342123
ISBN 13 : 0393342123

"A towering landmark of postwar Realism. . . . A sustained work of prose so lucid and fine it seems less written than carved." — David Foster Wallace Otto and Sophie Bentwood liv..

Bombay Stories

Author : Saadat Hasan Manto  |  Pub Date : 2014-03-27  |  Publisher : Random House

ISBN 10 : 9781448162369
ISBN 13 : 144816236X

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY MOHAMMED HANIF In the 1930s and 40s, Bombay was the cosmopolitan capital of the subcontinent - an exhilarating hub of license and liberty, bursting with bot..

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