46 unforgettable fish tales as told by America's finest writers. As editor Lamar Underwood states in his introduction, The Greatest Fishing Stories Ever Told will take you fishing in two kinds of places: those like the ones you have never fished but would like to try, and those like the ones you have fished and enjoy remembering. Each of these stories, selected because of their "intrinsic literary worth," reinforces the unique personal connection fishing makes between man and nature. These stories will lead you from cold trout rivers to the dark estuaries where bigmouth bass lurk, from sandy beaches where the waves are slashed by blue-fish to the great blue waters of the Gulf Stream where marlin and tuna roam. You'll find all kinds of fishing here - and all kinds of fishermen. With contributions from: John Gierach Thomas McGuane Le Anne Schreiber John Graves A.J. McClane Odell Shepard Zane Grey Sigurd F. Olson G. E. M. Skues Ernest Hemingway E. Annie Proulx Red Smith Sparse Grey Hackle Howell Raines Robert Traver Ted Leeson Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings W.D. Wetherell Nick Lyons Robert C. Ruark
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There's always a risk involved whenever the promise of "greatest" is dropped into a title. Simply "great" or just "outstanding" won't cut it when the superlative is the target being cast to. Given that this is a collection of fish tales both fictional and factual, a little truth-stretching wouldn't be unexpected, but veteran outdoors editor Lamar Underwood will have none of that; he tries to wriggle off the hook anyway, admitting his choices won't always match expectations. He didn't need to. His collection of 28 stories, covering fishing in its various forms, more than delivers on the titular pledge of utmost excellence.
Just look at the contributors. Some, like A.J. McClane, John Gierach, Robert Traver, Roderick L. Haig-Brown, Nick Lyons, Ernest Schweibert, and Philip Wylie are firmly mounted in the pantheon of angling lit, while others--Hemingway, Thomas McGuane, Patrick O'Brian, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and Zane Grey--are acknowledged trophy scribes. Their range--both as writers and anglers--is superb, and if the pieces aren't necessarily the writer's most famous or best, they are certainly, as a group, representative, beautifully written, and diverse in their approach. Not surprisingly, it's British Columbia's Renaissance man, Haig-Brown, who reels in the line of the book. In his tantalizing opening to "Sachem River," Haig-Brown captures the allure of great angling writing in a single sentence: "I have told this story before in different ways, but it is the best fishing story I know and it touches one of the loveliest rivers I know." Like every selection in The Greatest Fishing Stories Ever Told, it invites you to sit by the fire, coaxing you to read on as it thoroughly hooks you with its literary charms. --Jeff SilvermanFrom the Publisher:
This is a companion book to The Greatest Hunting Stories Ever Told.
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Book Description Lyons Press, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11158574140X