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George Washington Carver: An American Biography Hardcover – June, 1963
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About the Author
Rackham Holt, the woman who wrote this extraordinary book, was born Margaret Van Vechten Saunders in Denver, Colorado, in 1899. She was married to New York publisher Guy Holt, and given the nickname Rackham by a family friend, who thought she looked like one of artist Arthur Rackham’s distinctive drawings. She decided to use Rack-ham Holt as her pen name. Guy Holt died in 1934, at the age of 42, leaving Margaret to raise their ten-year-old daughter alone. In addition to her work in biography, Holt was an editor, book reviewer, librarian, ghost writer, and journalist. In the late 1940’s she was one of the prominent literary figures who spoke in defense of best-selling writer Howard Fast, a man put in prison for three months after refusing to give information to the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Rackham spent three years on Carver’s biography, including five months at Tuskegee In-stitute. After this book was published, she donated half its royalties to the Carver Institute at Tuskegee. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book reads like a series of short anecdotes about Dr. Carver, with very little connecting them. It can be confusing with it's bad cohesion and tendancy to wander off track.
I knew I was in trouble on page one when I couldn't figure out what year it was talking about. Paragraph one talks about the great news of the the 13th amendment ending slavery in 1865. Paragraph 2 and 3 talk about Dr. Carver being born in 1860 or '61, but it isn't clear that the narration has jump anti-chronologically here.
I don't know what the target age is for this book. I think a High School Freshman could handle most of it. But I had to go to a dictionary to look up the word self-abnegation.
My advice? Do read a biography of the great and fascinating scientist/naturalist George Washington Carver. Don't make it this one; there are better ones out there.
Mr. Carver's spiritual and scientifically correct connection to nature had to be unprecedented up to that point. He was at minimum a century ahead of his time in regards to conservation, and preservation of the soil upon which we are completely dependent.
No review could ever do this gentleman justice. This biography was written by a contemporary. I am so very grateful that she took the time to document his life and work.