|Crackers In The Glade: Life and Times in the Old Everglades by Rob Storter, Betty Savidge Briggs (Editor), foreward by Peter Matthiessen
An abundant collection of memoirs, stories, and expressive watercolor illustrations offers a firsthand account of early-twentieth-century life on Florida's last frontier
Crackers in the Glade is a visually stunning account of bygone days in the Everglades. The largest remaining subtropical wilderness in the United States, the Everglades hold a unique place among all the world’s wetlands. Through his writings and illustrations, fisherman, guide, and self-taught artist Rob Storter transports us to the remote, half-wild frontier of southwest Florida in the early part of the twentieth century. There, the events of a day could range from a hurricane to a face-to-face encounter with a panther to the arrival of the latest packet from Key West.
Rob Storter knew the Everglades before commercial fishing, real estate development, drainage projects, and tourism changed the region forever. Through his illustrations we can celebrate its wonders; through his writings we can contemplate the mixed benefits of progress and the responsibilities of stewardship.
Rob Storter (1894-1987) was a member of the founding family of Everglade, Florida. A fisherman, guide, and prolific self-taught artist, he lived and worked in the Everglades for most of his life. Betty Savidge Briggs is a granddaughter of Rob Storter. She has received several journalism awards and writing fellowships