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"A brilliant book. It's scientifically well-informed, serious, funny, and full of good stories." --Living Bird
["An] elegant little history... King's witty and erudite portrait, illustrated with a wealth of images."--New York Times
"A well-penned tale of hero and hero-worshiper, charming and smart.” —Mark Edmundson, author of Why Football Matters

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Richard J. King is an author and illustrator. He wrote Lobster, which was acclaimed by the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and The Devil’s Cormorant: A Natural History, which was short-listed for the ASLE Creative Book Award and rated as one of the top five science books of 2013 by Library Journal. He also wrote and illustrated the memoir Meeting Tom Brady. He is now at work on a natural history guide to Moby-Dick, forthcoming with the University of Chicago Press in 2019.

Rich is a research associate with the Williams College at Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program, and he's the author of a variety of popular and scholarly articles, reviews, and interviews in a range of magazines and academic journals. Rich has illustrated two children's books, What is a Sea Dog? and Women and the Sea and also Ruth! He writes and illustrates a quarterly column titled “Animals in Sea History” for Sea History magazine, and he is the Series Editor for "Seafaring America," a collection of books on the sea for University Press of New England.

Rich has been sailing on tall ships for over twenty years, traveling throughout the North Atlantic and Pacific Oceans as both a teacher and a sailor. In 2007 he sailed alone across the Atlantic in a 28' sloop from Portland to Portugal (he was aiming for Scotland). He lives in Mystic, CT, with his wife and daughter. He is represented by Russell Galen.