Banvard's Folly: Thirteen Tales of Renowned Obscurity, Famous Anonymity and Rotten Luck
History will long remember the Edisons, Einsteins and Darwins: they succeeded in changing the world, and the world has repaid them by enshrining their names. But what of those others with similarly revolutionary and groundbreaking ideas who plummeted into oblivion? What of the man who invented the N-ray? Or the one who made up a universal singing language? They are gone and forgotton. . . until now.
'Failure is generally a lot more interesting than success . . . this book was only a modest success in America; it deserves to be a huge one here, since we have a better natural empathy with the sweet misery of not being quite good enough at things. Failure's coming home; we should all support it by buying Paul Collins' wonderful book' Mail on Sunday
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Banvard's folly: thirteen tales of renowned obscurity, famous anonymity, and rotten luckUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
The eponymous John Banvard was a wealthy, world-famous artist in the 1800s. None of his contemporaries would have suspected that his colorful life and its lessons would be forgotten. A regular ... Read full review
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This is truly one of my favorite books ever... makes me wish there was a 6th star in the rating system-- I'd adjust for it. The subjects of these 13 mini-biographies are some of the most fascinating ... Read full review