The Literary House Press at Washington College publishes a range of general interest books and scholarly monographs. Its publications present literary, scientific, historic, journalistic, environmental, and public policy writings of the Chesapeake Bay region. As publisher for Washington College, the press also publishes scholarly monographs written by faculty or taken from lecture series at the college. In addition, Literary House Press publishes works of literary merit without regard to subject or setting.
This anthology selects from contemporary literature to present works that bring pleasure and enlightenment. Autobiographical essays in the first section give us intimations of oceans, bays, beaches, islands, and rivers on the imagination, dreams, and self-identity of their authors. The middle section celebrates the human and cultural variety of the region -- its customs, traditions, and eccentricities. The final essays examine the malign and accidental forces that threaten the health and wealth of the Bay and survival of the distinctive character and life styles that have inspired and informed the work of generations of literary men and women.