This strange wilderness : the life and art of John James Audubon

by Plain, Nancy,

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 7 of 7 copies
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Brentwood Library Juvenile Non-fiction JUV 92 Audubon
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CLP - East Liberty Children's Biographies j QL31.A9 P65 2015
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CLP - Main Library Teen Department - Teen Non-Fiction QL31.A9 P65 2015
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Biography j QL31.A9 P65 2015
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Biographies j QL31.A9 P65 2015
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 92A AUDUBON Pla
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Northland Public Library Children's Biography J B AUDUBON
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Birds were "the objects of my greatest delight," wrote John James Audubon (1785-1851), founder of modern ornithology and one of the world's greatest bird painters. His masterpiece, The Birds of America depicts almost five hundred North American bird species, each image--lifelike and life size--rendered in vibrant color. Audubon was also an explorer, a woodsman, a hunter, an entertaining and prolific writer, and an energetic self-promoter. Through talent and dogged determination, he rose from backwoods obscurity to international fame.

In This Strange Wilderness , award-winning author Nancy Plain brings together the amazing story of this American icon's career and the beautiful images that are his legacy. Before Audubon, no one had seen, drawn, or written so much about the animals of this largely uncharted young country. Aware that the wilderness and its wildlife were changing even as he watched, Audubon remained committed almost to the end of his life "to search out the things which have been hidden since the creation of this wondrous world." This Strange Wilderness details his art and writing, transporting the reader back to the frontiers of early nineteenth-century America.

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Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Raised in wealth and privilege in France, 18-year-old Jean-Jacques Audubon was sent by his father to America to avoid service in Napoleon's army. When he arrived in his adopted country, he already loved searching for birds and sketching them but was dissatisfied with his drawings. Over the next few years, he honed his skills as both naturalist and artist he also married, moved to the frontier, and lost his fortune. At 36, he began the ambitious project of creating The Birds of America, the monumental book that would establish his lasting reputation as an ornithologist and artist. Plain chronicles Audubon's adventurous life in a succinct, absorbing narrative that is well researched, meticulously documented, and beautifully written. The excellent color illustrations include photos and sketches as well as many paintings. Quotes from Audubon's writings add his lively voice to the narrative, and he emerges as a complex figure struggling, with little success, to balance his love of nature, adventure, and family. Plain also clearly explains why Audubon's bird illustrations were groundbreaking in their time and are still admired today. Insightful background reading for fans of Gary D. Schmidt's novel Okay for Now (2011), this biography offers a vivid introduction to Audubon's life and work.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Audubon, John James, -- 1785-1851.
Ornithologists -- United States -- Biography.
Naturalists -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher Lincoln :2015
Other Titles Life and art of John James Audubon
Language English
Description xviii, 112 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 105) and index.
ISBN 9780803248847
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