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John James Audubon: The Making of an American
Richard Rhodes (au)
The first biography of Audubon to illuminate the private & family life of the master illustrator. Shows us young Audubon arriving in N.Y. from France in 1803, drawing & observing birds. He falls in love, & marries the wellborn English girl next door, crossing the Appalachians to frontier Kentucky to start a new life, fashioning himself into an American. Audubon explores the wilderness of birds & teaches himself to revivify them in life-size images. In 1826 he took his 100s of watercolor drawings to England to be engraved in a great multi-vol. work called “The Birds of America.” Within weeks he achieved remarkable celebrity. Audubon pub. his major work as well as 5 vol. of bird biographies enhanced by authentic descriptions of pioneer American life. Illustrations.
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