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Series
Everyman's library ; #0284
Subjects
Published
New York : A.A. Knopf 2006.
Language
English
Item Description
"With 16 color plates from the original watercolors."
Physical Description
xxx, 631 p., [16] p. of plates : col. ill. ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (p. xxiii) and index.
ISBN
1400043697
Main Author
John James Audubon, 1785-1851 (-)
Other Authors
Richard Rhodes, 1937- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

As readers of Rhodes' illuminating biography of James John Audubon, a Booklist Top of the List title, have discovered, Audubon was as vivid a writer as he was a passionately precise artist. Here Rhodes presents an invaluable and stirring collection of Audubon's zestful letters, vital biographies of birds and quadrupeds, and zestful journal excerpts, striking writings introduced with a lively portrait of the intrepid artist and selected with an eye to materials not included in the Library of America's volume. Enlightening and charming, Audubon relates one remarkable exploit after another while documenting his quest for birds in the fecund Midwest, lavish Florida, and Labrador ("comfortless, cold and foggy, yet grand"), and his adventures in England, where he marvels over British formality and oversees the painstaking creation of his masterpiece, The Birds of America. Expressing awe for nature and respect for Native Americans, Audubon chronicles his prodigious efforts as naturalist, artist, and family man (letters from his heroic wife, Lucy, are included), sharing his ardor and concern for all of life, be it avian, botanical, or human. ((Reviewed March 15, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rhodes offers a companion volume to John James Audubon: The Making of an American , his 2004 biography of the artist, ornithologist, and writer, with this latest addition to the "Everyman's Library" series. Carefully chosen excerpts on North American birds and mammals from Audubon's journals, letters, and books provide a refreshing, intimate view of the man whose name is synonymous with birds. The selections are arranged chronologically, allowing the reader to follow the progress of Audubon's explorations from Florida to Labrador and his attempts to balance his devotion to family life with his passionate drive to produce the definitive 19th-century work on birds of North America. A select bibliography and 16 color illustrations of Audubon's bird paintings are included, along with an excellent chronology that places events in Audubon's life alongside cultural and historical highlights of the time. A distinctive collection despite some overlap with John James Audubon:Writings and Drawings (Library of America, 1999), this work is an essential purchase for public and academic libraries. (Index not seen.)--Maureen J. Delaney-Lehman, Lake Superior State Univ. Lib., Sault Ste. Marie, MI [Page 102]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A definitive anthology of nature writings by the great artist and ornithologist features Audubon's lively and colorful writings about the American wilderness and its plant and animal life, accompanied by excerpts from his journals, letters, and published works that include his keen profiles of wild birds, accounts of his river journeys with the Osage, and more. 15,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

An anthology of nature writings by the great artist and ornithologist features Audubon's writings about the American wilderness and its plant and animal life, accompanied by excerpts from his journals, letters, and published works that include accounts of his river journeys and hunting trips with the Shawnee and Osage Indians.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

This unprecedented anthology of John James Audubon’s lively and colorful writings about the American wilderness reintroduces the great artist and ornithologist as an exceptional American writer, a predecessor to Thoreau, Emerson, and Melville.Audubon’s award-winning biographer, Richard Rhodes, has gathered excerpts from his journals, letters, and published works, and has organized them to appeal to general readers. Rhodes’s unobtrusive commentary frames a wide range of selections, including Audubon’s vivid “bird biographies,” correspondence with his devoted wife, Lucy, journal accounts of dramatic river journeys and hunting trips with the Shawnee and Osage Indians, and a generous sampling of brief narrative episodes that have long been out of print—engaging stories of pioneer life such as "The Great Pine Swamp," “The Earthquake,” and “Kentucky Barbecue on the Fourth of July.” Full-color reproductions of sixteen of Audubon’s stunning watercolor illustrations accompany the text.The Audubon Reader allows us to experience Audubon’s distinctive voice directly and provides a window into his electrifying encounter with early America: with its wildlife and birds, its people, and its primordial wilderness.