Audubon: Life And Art In The American Wilderness by Shirley StreshinskyAudubon: Life And Art In The American Wilderness by Shirley Streshinsky

Audubon: Life And Art In The American Wilderness

byShirley Streshinsky

Hardcover | September 3, 2013

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In 1803, an eighteen-year-old West Indies–born Frenchman arrived in New York City, fleeing Napoleon’s conscription. His work would become inextricably entwined with the new world he so proudly adopted in his motto “America, my country.”

Inspired by the primeval forests and the vast flocks of birds that thrived in them, Audubon spent the next several decades of his life painstakingly documenting the birds of the American wilderness. He traveled the back roads and bayous, searching out and studying the birds that were his pastime and passion. He spent long, silent hours observing them in the wild. He was no amateur ornithologist; rather, he drew his birds from life, and his work always carried the line “drawn from nature by J. J. Audubon.”

Accompanied by his wife, Lucy, and their two sons, Audubon was able to challenge the world’s expectations and win. The story of this loving family’s long, profound struggle is as poignant and as relevant today as it was in the early decades of the nineteenth century.

Combining meticulous scholarship with the dramatic life story of a naturalist and pioneer,Audubonreexamines the artist's journals and letters to tell the story of Audubon's quest, the origins of the American spirit, and the sacrifice that resulted in one of the world's greatest bodies of art:The Birds of America.
Title:Audubon: Life And Art In The American WildernessFormat:HardcoverDimensions:528 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:September 3, 2013Publisher:Turner Publishing CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1630262749

ISBN - 13:9781630262747


Table of Contents


The Woodsman

The Artist and Naturalist


Editorial Reviews

""A scintillating biography, a richly detailed story of romance, separation, and struggle."" —Publishers Weekly""Streshinsky's riveting new biography . . . infuses this man's career with the same vigorous spark of real life that Audubon uniquely brought to the depiction of America's birds."" —Los Angeles Times""Vividly evokes what it was like to settle in new frontier communities, to travel in America and overseas and to try to earn a living in the economically uncertain early years of the nineteenth century."" —New York Times Book Review""A solid narrative biography, the first popular life of the artist in a quarter century . . . The Audubon depicted here is buoyant, gifted, and vain."" —Boston Globe""A portrait as vivid as any of Audubon's."" —San Francisco Chronicle