John James Audubon: The Making of an American (Google eBook)
John James Audubon came to America as a dapper eighteen-year-old eager to make his fortune. He had a talent for drawing and an interest in birds, and he would spend the next thirty-five years traveling to the remotest regions of his new country–often alone and on foot–to render his avian subjects on paper. The works of art he created gave the world its idea of America. They gave America its idea of itself.
Here Richard Rhodes vividly depicts Audubon’s life and career: his epic wanderings; his quest to portray birds in a lifelike way; his long, anguished separations from his adored wife; his ambivalent witness to the vanishing of the wilderness. John James Audubon: The Making of an American is a magnificent achievement.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: John James AudubonUser Review - Shelli - Goodreads
Excellent research and writing. This was a wonderful window into a fascinating time period is our country's history and about a unique passionate and driven man. However, I can't say that I would've wanted to be his wife! Read full review
Review: John James AudubonUser Review - Tasha Lebow - Goodreads
Fascinating person, whose bird art is well known to everyone... but the artist is not. Good history of early America as well. but Audubon was the perfect 'New American,' his spirit and passion to ... Read full review
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