Sprawson, Charles 1941-

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Sprawson, Charles 1941-


Born June 12, 1941, in Karachi, Pakistan; son of Eric (a schoolmaster) and Ann Isobel (a homemaker) Sprawson; married Ann Fenton (a homemaker), September 3, 1966; children: Clare, Emma, Sophie. Ethnicity: "English." Education: Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, M.A., 1964. Politics: Conservative. Religion: Church of England. Hobbies and other interests: Swimming.


Home—London, England.


Riyad University, Riyad, Saudi Arabia, lecturer, 1966-70; Frost and Reed Gallery, Bristol, England, director, 1971-79; self-employed art dealer, London, England, 1980—.


Haunts of the Black Masseur: The Swimmer as Hero (nonfiction), Pantheon Books (New York, NY), 1992.

Contributor to periodicals.

Sprawson's book has been translated into Italian and German.


The book The Haunts of the Black Masseur: The Swimmer as Hero was adapted as a film, produced by Edgeland Films (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) in 2004.


Charles Sprawson told CA: "I became passionate about swimming when a child in India and North Africa. In the course of writing my book I became aware that many others were similarly affected by swimming, most of them much more so than I. So I began to identify them from their characters and writings. They were usually misfits, idealists for whom water was a refuge from everyday life and swimming was a mystic, spiritual experience, an attempt in some cases to recover contact with the classical past, to get in touch again with a pagan existence. I tried to swim where they swam, particularly Byron."



New Republic, October, 1993, James Hamilton-Paterson, review of Haunts of the Black Masseur: The Swimmer as Hero, p. 37.

Publishers Weekly, January 4, 1993, review of Haunts of the Black Masseur, p. 64.