The late Lyn Sherwood was an amateur bullfighter and considered to be one of the world's best bullfight photographers. He lived in Mission, Texas.
Bullfighting has a legacy reaching back to the ancient world, and it continues to be a popular spectacle in many Latin countries and even in a bloodless form in the United States. Such American writers as Barnaby Conrad (who provides a foreword), Tom Lea, and Ernest Hemingway have celebrated the sport. Here, a noted bullfighting photographer and amateur participant salutes American bullfighters in a largely photographic essay. He provides an introduction to bullfighting in America, including a chapter on "Hollywood's Love Affair with Bullfighting," then traces the careers of toreadors from the early Harper Less, John Fulton, and Sydney Frankin to Conchita Cintron, Patty McCormick, and other women. He also devotes a section to novilleros (beginners). Though Sherwood translates some of the bullfighting terms, a fuller glossary would have helped readers. A novel, worthy effort that will appeal especially to libraries near Mexico. Morey Berger, St. Joseph's Hosp. Lib., Tucson, AZ Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
A novel, worthy effort - Library Journal; ""the first comprehensive treatise on American bullfighters...important...the photos...are numerous and excellent...there's no other like it"" - La Busca; ""[Sherwood's] knowledge of bullfighting is enormous...rife with stunning photographs"" - The Monitor; ""cause for celebration in the taurine world...nicely done...presents a topic never before explored in such depth...pure lagniappe...if this book were a matador, it'd get two ears, a tail and a hoof; if it were a bull it would score an indulto...the most comprehensive volume ever published on the curious, sometimes odd subject of American matadors...a joy, a font of interesting facts and a delightful evocation of a time gone by"" - Tucson Weekly.