John James Audubon: The Making of an American (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Oct 5, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 528 pages
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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.


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User Review  - jcbrunner - LibraryThing

John James Audubon, born illegitimately in Haiti as Jean Rabin, he grew up in France as Jean-Jacques Audubon, returning to America to escape the Napoleonic Wars. Quite successful as an entrepreneur ... Read full review

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User 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

Contents

I Shall Sail on a Sheep
18
Settling the Interior
34
Louisville in Kentucky
46
Alexander Wilson
63
By Flatboat to Ste Genevieve
77
Birds in Flight
90
Flocking to Kentucky
109
The Bad Establishment
123
Lessons to a Young Lady
186
Bayou Sarah
197
A New Start
211
Enthusiast or Lunatic
227
Audubon at
240
I Will Sail for America
313
Notes
439
Bibliography
481

Hopes Are Shy Birds
138
Down the Mississippi
159
The Fair Incognito
172
Iv
184
Acknowledgments
492
172
495
439
504
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About the author (2004)

Richard Rhodes is the author of twenty books, including novels and works of history, journalism and letters. His The Making of the Atomic Bomb won a Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, a National Book Award, and a National Book Critics Circle Award. Dark Sun, about the development of the hydrogen bomb, was one of three finalists for a Pulitzer Prize in History. A Kansas native, he has frequently explored American history and biography in articles for national magazines. He lives in Half Moon Bay, California.


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