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Rivers of the Eastern Shore, 2nd Edition: Seventeen Maryland Rivers

Hulbert Footner, Foreword by Tom Horton


Available July 2022


Take a literary tour of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Originally published in 1944 as part of the prestigious Rivers of America series, this second edition brings an American classic back into print and into the hands of a new generation.

Author Hulbert Footner tells the story of Maryland’s Eastern Shore through his colorful narratives of 17 fascinating rivers. His story begins from the day European settlers landed and encountered the Indigenous peoples and continues to the early 20th century. Each river has its own story, character, and beauty, lovingly described during his travels. Footner writes in vivid, glowing prose about the Eastern Shore’s people, customs, towns, and houses. He speaks of its politics and economics. The region is rich with American history, from the Revolution, War of 1812, and Civil War to the trade of enslaved Africans and the oyster wars over its great natural resource. And Footner captures it all.

Text and illustrations are faithfully reproduced from the original edition, augmented by a biographical sketch written by Footner’s granddaughter and a Foreword by noted nature writer Tom Horton. This book is a must-have for those devoted to the character and culture of this coastal region, with its eclectic small towns and pristine natural beauty.

Size: 6" x 9" | 35 b/w line drawings | 400 pp
ISBN13: 9780764363665

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Hulbert Footner was born in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1879 and grew up in New York City. He knew he wanted to be a writer from an early age. Footner first visited Maryland in 1908. Without money for the railway, he paddled his canoe south from New York to Baltimore, where he caught the steamboat to the maritime village of Solomons Island, at the mouth of the Patuxent River. While exploring the Patuxent by canoe, he found a historic brick home in ruins, which he lovingly restored and named Charles’ Gift. He eventually married Gladys Marsh in 1916, and together they raised four children at Charles’ Gift. Readers have long celebrated Footner’s devoted and sympathetic treatment of Maryland’s local landscape and social history. His three books set in Maryland are Charles’ Gift: A Salute to a Maryland House of 1650 (1939), Maryland Main and the Eastern Shore (1942), and Rivers of the Eastern Shore (1944). As an outsider, he looked at Maryland objectively and assembled gems of anecdote, folklore, and description overlooked by the native born.