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The Audubon Reader (Everyman's Library) Hardcover – April 11, 2006
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As readers of Rhodes' illuminating biography of James John Audubon, a Booklist Top of the List title, have discovered, Audubon was as vivid a writer as he was a passionately precise artist. Here Rhodes presents an invaluable and stirring collection of Audubon's zestful letters, vital biographies of birds and quadrupeds, and zestful journal excerpts, striking writings introduced with a lively portrait of the intrepid artist and selected with an eye to materials not included in the Library of America's volume. Enlightening and charming, Audubon relates one remarkable exploit after another while documenting his quest for birds in the fecund Midwest, lavish Florida, and Labrador ("comfortless, cold and foggy, yet grand"), and his adventures in England, where he marvels over British formality and oversees the painstaking creation of his masterpiece, The Birds of America. Expressing awe for nature and respect for Native Americans, Audubon chronicles his prodigious efforts as naturalist, artist, and family man (letters from his heroic wife, Lucy, are included), sharing his ardor and concern for all of life, be it avian, botanical, or human. Donna Seaman
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John James Audubon was an American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. He was notable for his extensive studies documenting all types of American birds and for his detailed illustrations that depicted the birds in their natural habitats.