Haunts Of The Black Masseur: The Swimmer as Hero
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.
Original, enticing and dripping with references to literature, film, art and Olympic history, this cult swimming classic pays sparkling tribute to water and the cultural meanings we attach to it.
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Review: Haunts Of Black Masseur: The Swimmer as HeroUser Review - Oliver - Goodreads
Sprawson's sprawling account of the cultural depiction of swimming through the ages is a fantastic piece of writing. A swimming cult classic to rank alongside Roger Deakin's Waterlog. It is a book so ... Read full review
Review: Haunts Of Black Masseur: The Swimmer as HeroUser Review - Sylla - Goodreads
If there was only one book about swimming it should be this one, a unique blend of private passion and cultural history, the pages on Lord Byron and the Hellespont are epic. Read full review