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Snow's first book, reissued on the 100th anniversary of his birth, is packed with history and lore, from tales of the Puritans and Civil War days to legends of the supernatural.
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Edward Rowe Snow. It is a name we have been forced to reckon with in five years of building Commonwealth Editions as a publisher of nonfiction books about New England and its historic places. Edward Rowe Snow. Everywhere we heard the name—from readers, from booksellers, from historians, from other authors. Nowhere we saw the books.
Not new books, anyway. New editions of Snow weren’t anywhere to be found. Snow’s out of print, we were told. Hasn’t been in print for fifteen years. Love to see him in print, booksellers told us. People ask for his books all the time.
We found fan clubs devoted to Edward Rowe Snow and catalogs and web sites filled with used copies of his books. More than once we heard the joke that a first edition of his work is more valuable unsigned than signed: Snow was such a tireless promoter of his own work, so willing to sign books anywhere on any occasion, that the unsigned book is rare indeed.
We could not find his books, but we found his legend everywhere. It seemed to us that half of New England had grown up "at the feet" of Edward Rowe Snow, taking in his tales like mother’s milk or a good bowl of chowder on a cold, stormy day. And booksellers virtually begged us to reissue Snow’s books. Ken Gloss of the legendary Brattle Book Shop in Boston was typical: "Not a week goes by," he told us, "that I don’t get a request for a book by Edward Rowe Snow." Or maybe he said day.
It was Gloss who finally tipped us off to the whereabouts of the one person on earth who literally grew up at the feet of Edward Rowe Snow. Dorothy Snow Bicknell, an extraordinarily kind and gentle woman known to what must be countless friends as "Dolly," is Snow’s daughter and only child. On a cold November day, we met Dolly at the South Shore Mall, where a model "Lighthouse Santa" still pays tribute to Snow. She charmed us with her devotion to her father’s memory. And I like to think she recognized Commonwealth Editions as a publisher that could do justice to that memory.
With Dolly we met Jeremy D’Entremont, who proved to be much more than a passionate fan of Edward Rowe Snow (we already knew plenty of those). As knowledgeable as he is dedicated, Jeremy provided the key to this new centennial edition of Snow’s work—by respectfully updating and, here and there, gently correcting the master’s work. At the end of each chapter are Jeremy’s notes, which bring Snow’s text to the present day. It is too bad there are no lighthouse keepers anymore, because Jeremy D’Entremont was born for the work. A beacon kept lit with his discernment and devotion would keep vessels safe in the severest weather, on the craggiest shore.
Snow partisan Bob Jannoni provided encouragement for this new edition, and designer Judy Barolak gave it grace and dignity. Bill Stokinger of the Metropolitan District Commission provided photos and reviewed the text. Steve Csipke developed a new, thematic index. One other person is worthy of note. Our managing editor, Penny Stratton, pulled together with Dolly and Jeremy and the many talented contributors and, against all odds, brought this new edition of Edward Rowe Snow to port. All involved with this project have been invigorated by the spirit and legend of Edward Rowe Snow.
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Educated at Cambridge, William Fowler served as an officer in the Territorial Army and saw active service in the Gulf War. He is the author of numerous books and articles and defence, military technology and current affairs and contributes to a wide variety of publications. He has reported from Northern Ireland, the Middle East and SE Asia.
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