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Reviewer Pans Schwiebert's Nymphs

Posted on January 13 2008

If you are in any familiar with Ernest Schwiebert’s Nymphs II, published posthumously in 2007 as the continuation of his classic Nymphs, you know that it was an enormous undertaking, not just on the part of the author, but by the editors and publishers as well. It’s hard not to be impressed by Schwiebert’s erudition, but some reviewers, like this one, take serious exception to the author’s delivery. “Schwiebert’s hyper-inflated ego is reflected in his foppish writing style. He is an inveterate name-dropper. This form of self-puffery does not boost his status because, like most egocentric name-droppers, he fails to distinguish between individuals possessing minor outdoor celebrity (e.g., former Winchester public relations executive Jim Rikhoff) and true angling expertise (e.g., famed British river-keeper Frank Sawyer).” James Phillips on
If you’d prefer to reach your own conclusions, you can see a large excerpt from Nymphs II on Google Books.

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