Beautiful swimmers: watermen, crabs, and the Chesapeake Bay

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Penguin Books, 1977 - Nature - 304 pages
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User Review  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

This book is everything you have ever wanted to know about crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay. Seriously. It's an extensive look at the watermen who make their living hauling up blue crabs. More than a ... Read full review

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User Review  - ABVR - LibraryThing

William Warner’s Beautiful Swimmers is a classic piece of narrative non-fiction, and a fine introduction to the blue crabs of Chesapeake Bay and the working lives of the “watermen” who pursue them. It ... Read full review


One The Bay
Two Autumn Deal Island
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About the author (1977)

Author William W. Warner was born in Manhattan, New York in 1920. In 1943, he received a bachelor's degree in geology from Princeton University. He joined the Naval Reserve and was called to active duty during World War II where he served as an aerial photoanalyst in the South Pacific. After the war, he opend a ski lodge in Stowe, Vermount and taught high school English. In 1953, he worked in Central and South America organizing cultural programs for the United States Information Agency. In 1961, he was the Peace Corps. program coordinator for Latin America. He worked at the Smithsonian Institution from 1964 to 1972. He wrote four books during his lifetime. Beautiful Swimmers, a study of crabs and watermen in the Chesapeake Bay, won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction in 1977 and has never gone out of print. He also wrote Distant Water: The Fate of the North Atlanic Fisherman, At Peace with All Their Neighbors, and Into the Porcupine Cave and Other Odysseys. He died from complications of Alzheimer's disease on April 18, 2008.

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