Haunts of the Black Masseur: The Swimmer as Hero available on January 27 2018 from Amazon for 14.99
ISBN bar code 9780816635399 ξ2 registered January 27 2018
ISBN bar code 9780816635399 ξ1 registered September 09 2012
Product category is Book
Manufacturered by Univ Of Minnesota Press
Product weight is 0.81 lbs.
Used Book in Good Condition 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. Sprawson compares the meaning various societies have assigned to swimming—from classical Greece and imperial Rome to nineteenth-century England and Germany and the U.S. and Japan in the last fifty years. Sprawson gives us fascinating glimpses of the great swimmer heroes: Byron leaping dramatically into the surf at Shelley’s beach funeral; Edgar Allen Poe’s lone and mysterious river-swims; Rupert Brooke swimming naked with Virginia Woolf; Hart Crane swallow-diving to his death in the Bay of Mexico; Johnny Weismuller as athlete and entertainer. Informed by the literature of Swinburne, Goethe, Scott Fitzgerald, and Yukio Mishima; the films of Reifenstahl and Vigo; the Hollywood “swimming musicals” of the 1930s; and delving in and out of Olympic history, Haunts of the Black Masseur is a celebration of swimming that explores aspects of culture in a heretofore unimagined way.
Superb, faintly seedy, fascinating book by swimmer and classicist Sprawson on the history of swimming in literature. Having read it years ago when it came out,Opened it up to read in Ballynahinch Castle, and discovered that the swimming pool of Sprawson's boarding school in India was donated by the Edwardian cricketer Ranjitsinhji (otherwise known as the Jam Saheb of Nawanagar), whose portrait hangs in Ballynahinch - he was a former owner of the castle, which is a ..
Excellent book. I've been swimming about 59 years. I learned to swim when I was 5. I still swim 2-3 times a week for fitness. About 1 mile each session. I wanted to know more about the philosophy, tradition and heritage of swimming and was surprised there was a book that took those issues on. This is not a how-to book nor is it about fitness or health. Its about why people have been swimming beyond just "crossing the road". Its deep and detailed and sometimes tedio..