Izaak Walton

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The seventeenth century Englishman Izaak Walton is the celebrated author of ‘The Compleat Angler’, a pastoral discourse on the joys and stratagems of fishing that has become one of the most frequently reprinted books of English literature. The unpretentious treatise, of which Walton declined to claim authorship on its first appearance, became a household book from the eighteenth century. Though many of its devotees have been fishermen, Walton’s engaging style in dialogue and description, his enthusiasm for innocent outdoor recreation and his love for the past have elevated ‘The Compleat Angler’ out of the category of handbooks into a unique status. Walton also wrote a number of short biographies, later collected under the title of ‘Walton’s Lives’, which are now considered to be seminal examples of biographical literature. This comprehensive eBook presents Walton’s complete works, with numerous illustrations, rare texts, informative introductions and bonus material. (Version 1)

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* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Walton’s life and works
* Concise introductions to the texts
* Two editions of ‘The Compleat Angler’: the first edition and the final fifth edition
* Features the complete ‘Walton’s Lives’
* Includes ‘Waltoniana’, the author’s posthumously collected prose and poetical works
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Easily locate the sections you want to read with individual contents tables
* Features two biographies, including Andrew Lang’s famous introduction to ‘The Compleat Angler’ – immerse yourself in Walton’s world
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres


The Books
The Compleat Angler
Walton’s Lives

The Biographies
Izaak Walton by George Clement Boase
Introduction to the Compleat Angler by Andrew Lang