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The Writer’s Almanac for August 9, 2017: The Calculus

August 9, 2017: birthday: Izaak Walton

Today is the birthday of biographer Izaak Walton (books by this author), born in Stafford, England (1593). As a boy, he was apprenticed to an ironmonger, and he spent his career as a shopkeeper. In his spare time, he wrote biographies of John Donne, George Herbert, Henry Wotton, and several others. Many of Walton’s subjects shared his main passion in life: fishing. In 1653, Walton published The Compleat Angler; or, The Contemplative Man’s Recreation, an extended ode to fishing, complete with tips, funny anecdotes, technical instructions, dialogues, poems, and commentary about what makes fishing so special. Walton continued to update The Compleat Angler until his death in 1683 at the age of 90. It has been in print for more than 350 years.