Haunts of the Black Masseur: The Swimmer as Hero

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"Charles Sprawson - himself an obsessional swimmer and diver - explores the meaning that different cultures have attached to water. He gives the reader glimpses of the great swimming heroes- Byron leaping dramatically into the surf at Shelley's beach funeral; Hart Crane, swallow-diving to his death in the Bay of Mexico; Ulysses, Leander, Weismuller, Spitz and a host of others."

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One of the strangest and most stylish books of the year: a cultural history of swimming, by a dealer in 19th-century paintings. Sprawson learned to swim as a boy in India, at a school where his ... Read full review

Haunts of the Black Masseur: the swimmer as hero

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In this poor execution of an intriguing idea, Sprawson, an art dealer who is himself an avid swimmer, attempts to explore swimming and swimmers from both a literary and cultural viewpoint. He quotes ... Read full review

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About the author (1993)

Charles Sprawson studied at Trinity College, Dublin, deals in nineteenth-century paintings, and recently swam the Hellespont.

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