Tale of the Elk by W.E.R. Byrne 1940 Compilation of articles written by fisherma

Tale of the Elk by W.E.R. Byrne 1940 Compilation of articles written by fisherma

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Tale of the Elk by W.E.R. Byrne 1940 Compilation of articles written by fisherma
 
Tale of the Elk by W.E.R. Byrne 1940 Hard Cover 455 Pages  1940   Indexed
ABOUT THE BOOK
Tale of the Elk is a compilation of articles written by full-time fisherman and part-time lawyer Bill Byrne; his articles first appeared between 1927 and 1931 in West Virginia Wildlife Magazine. The articles were compiled and published as a book in 1940. Byrnes stories chronicle rural life in West Virginia in the 1920s from the perspective of men who lived to fish and tell fish tales.
Author Bill Byrne was born in 1862 in Fort Defiance, Virginia. His father was a Confederate officer in the Civil War; after the war his family moved to West Virginia. Byrne attended school in Wheeling and Charleston, worked as a civil engineer, and studied law with his uncle, Supreme Court Justice Homer A. Holt. Byrne was admitted to the bar in 1884 at the age of 22.
Byrnes love of the Elk and his book have cast a wide net over many devoted fans. Ken Sullivan, Director of the WV Humanities Council, writes:
Tale of the Elk is a classic-West Virginias answer to Norman MacLeans A River Runs Through It. Byrne was an old-time sportsman, who took it seriously. He practiced law in Charleston when he had to, and fished the Elk when he could. He looked dubiously upon a lawyer if he didnt fish. He speaks with great respect of the families native to the river, the Carpenters and others. The names of his fishing buddies read like a Whos Who of prominent West Virginians of the era-Senator John Kenna, industrialist Johnson N. Camden, and others. You may learn more about them here, overheard in camp and canoe, than in most history books.
Byrnes passion for fishing and friends, his humor and warmth, and his love of life are immediately evident. Byrne began his chronicles of his adventures on the Elk in 1927; his book follows its namesake river from its headwaters to its mouth in forty-nine chapters. Tale of the Elk captures the physical beauty and political climate of the times, usually with Byrnes signature sense of humor. W.E.R. Byrne was stricken with pneumonia at his beloved Camp at the End of the World on the Elk, and died December 11, 1937, at the age of 75.

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