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An angler's album : fishing in photography and literature
Traub, Charles, 1945-
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Publication Information:
New York : Rizzoli, 1990.
Physical Description:
215 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
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PN6071.F47 T7 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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Booklist Review

Winter is the best of all seasons for the angler to curl up with a good fishing book, and this is one of the best. It consists of fishing photographs by photographers ranging from the well known to the anonymous and text about fishing by writers as diverse as Zane Grey, Plutarch, and Dylan Thomas. The photo~graphs, especially those taken early in this century of angling men and women holding stringers of dozens of fish, make one realize how fishing has changed with today's emphasis on catch and release, rather than the "meat is neat" approach. The book's main fault is that it not only contains the obligatory quote from Hemingway's "Big Two-Hearted River," but it seems geared more toward the trout fisherman using a fly rod rather than the Average Joe approach of putting a worm on a hook and dropping it into the water. If you're not an angler who'd rather chop a hole in the ice in the middle of winter, pick up this book and spend a few hours turning the pages. The more you look at it, the more you'll be anxious for spring. ~--Jon Kartman

Publisher's Weekly Review

In order ``to create an unexpected view of angling and its aspects,'' Traub ( Italy Observed in Photography and Literature ) matches quotes by writers as diverse as Plutarch and Norman Maclean, John Donne and James Dickey to fishing-related photos. Many of the silver gelatin prints, daguerreotypes and reproductions of color transparencies show people fishing. Taken by local professional photographers, they incidentally reveal that fishing has been a popular, acceptable activity for women since the days of the earliest cameras. Of special note is a luminous 1920 silver print of speckled trout caught in Lake Superior, a painterly turn-of-the-century autochrome of salmon and Elgin Ciampi's 1960 underwater transparencies. The effect of selected texts and photos, including pictures by Cartier-Bresson, Harold Edgerton and Lee Friedlander, is pleasing but without surprise; TV news broadcaster Kuralt's contribution is a brief personal odyssey through a family fishing album. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved