Audubon: Life and Art in the American Wilderness

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University of Georgia Press, 1993 - Nature - 407 pages
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In 1803, an eighteen-year-old West Indies-born Frenchman arrived in New York City, fleeing Napolean's conscription. His Name was John James Audubon, and his life's work would become inextricably entwined with the new world he so proudly adopted in his motto "America, my country."

Dreamer, vagabond, romantic, and genius, Audubon was an archetype of the passionate and steadfast frontiersman. His turbulent life was a fusion of personal daring, tenacity, and boundless devotion to the land he came to love above all. Combining meticulous scholarship with the dramatic life story of a naturalist and pioneer, "Audubon" reexamines the artist's journals and letters in the first new biography of Audubon to come out in almost thirty years. The life of John James Audubon is not only the story of one artist's quest but also a meditation on the origins of the American spirit and the sacrifice that resulted in one of the worlds' greatest bodies of art: "The Birds of America." This is the story of a legendary artist and an eternal American hero.

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AUDUBON: Life and Art in the American Wilderness

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Fiction writer Streshinsky (The Shores of Paradise, 1991, etc.) brings her storytelling skills to bear on this accomplished biography of the famous painter of birds. Audubon (1778-1851), a prolific ... Read full review

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Popular biographies of John James Audubon have generally been either too worshipful or too condemning; Streshinsky, best known as a novelist (e.g., The Shores of Paradise , Putnam, 1991), has taken a ... Read full review

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