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Splash: Great Writing About Swimming (Ecco Companions)

ISBN 10: 0880014490 / ISBN 13: 9780880014496
Published by Ecco Pr, 1996
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0880014490 Preface by George Plimpton. With Updike, Bradbury, Cheever, Ciardi, Dickey, Kumin, Lessing, London, Sexton, etc. Bookseller Inventory # 004533

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Title: Splash: Great Writing About Swimming (Ecco ...

Publisher: Ecco Pr

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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A unique anthology, Splash! gathers together fiction, essays, and poetry that explore one of the most popular activities around the world. Swimming inspires the imagination like no other sport, and the diverse and celebrated writers included here illuminate its many facets - from sport to Greek creation to metaphor. From exotic landscapes to the simple joy of the neighborhood pool, from myth and science fiction to the drama of competition, Splash! contains the very best writing on swimming.

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On the surface, the idea of a swimming anthology may seem all wet, but as with swimming itself, a whole lot more goes on beneath the surface than meets the eye. Laurel Blossom, a poet by trade, has assembled a remarkably eclectic group of writers that, one after another, builds a volume of short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that works together like a medley relay team unified by a single pursuit. The peripatetic George Plimpton dips his toes in for the preface to this "melange of stories, reminiscences, and accounts by various folk--some champions, some not--sporting, competing, whatever in swimming pools, bays, lakes, oceans" before handing off to the likes of, among others, Ray Bradbury, Maxine Kumin, John Cheever, Olympic gold medalists Dawn Fraser and Don Schollander, Jack London, Anne Sexton, and John Updike. The thought of reading the words of these fine writers should have you jumping eagerly into the deep end of the marvelous literary pool they've created. --Jeff Silverman

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