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Izaak Walton

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Izaak Walton, one of the earliest English biographers who is best remembered as the author of The Compleat Angler, was born in the parish of St. Mary's, at Stafford, on August 9, 1593. His father, Gervase Walton, was an innkeeper who died when the boy was five. By the time Walton was twenty he was living in London, apprenticed to his brother-in-law, a prosperous clothier. His marriage to Rachel Floud, a relative of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, in 1626 allied him with a prominent clerical family, and as a parishioner at St. Dunstan's Church Walton became a close friend of its vicar... Read More

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The Compleat Angler
or, The Contemplative Man's Recreation
Written by Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton
Introduction by Howell Raines


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 26, 1998
Price: $15.00

An immediate success when if was first published in 1653, Walton's classic celebrtion of the joys of fishing continues to captivate anglers and nature lovers with its timeless advice and instruction.  Originally cast in the form of a dialogue between an experienced angler named Piscator and his pupil Viator, the book details... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

The Compleat Angler
Or, the Contemplative Man's Recreation (A Modern Library E-Book)
Written by Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 1, 2000
Price: $11.99

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