Lightning Man: The Accursed Life Of Samuel F.b. Morse

Paperback | September 22, 2004

byKenneth Silverman

not yet rated|write a review
This brilliantly conceived biography is the very American tale of a quiet man, raised by religious zealots, who became a gifted and prolific painter (more than three hundred portraits and historical canvases), became the first Professor of Fine Arts at an American college, and founded the National Academy of Design. A classic overachiever, this was simply not enough for Samuel F. B. Morse; he subsequently ran for Congress and mayor of New York. Lastly, in his most famous life's work, he invented a machine that was to transform commerce, communication, transportation, military affairs, diplomacy, and the course of the modern world. What invention could be so revolutionary? The telegraph, of course-and the eponymous Morse code. Here is the story of an incredible invention, and an engrossing life, by a Bancroft- and Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$26.50

In stock online
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

This brilliantly conceived biography is the very American tale of a quiet man, raised by religious zealots, who became a gifted and prolific painter (more than three hundred portraits and historical canvases), became the first Professor of Fine Arts at an American college, and founded the National Academy of Design. A classic overachie...

Born and raised in Manhattan, Kenneth Silverman is Professor Emeritus of English at New York University. His other books include Timothy Dwight, A Cultural History of the American Revolution, Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-Ending Remembrance, and Houdini!!! The Life of Ehrich Weiss. He is winner of the Bancroft Prize in American Hist...

other books by Kenneth Silverman

Edgar A. Poe: A Biography: Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance
Edgar A. Poe: A Biography: Mournful and Never-ending Re...

Paperback|Dec 23 2008

$23.95 online$23.99list price
The Autobiography and Other Writings
The Autobiography and Other Writings

Kobo ebook|Jan 7 1986

$12.99

Begin Again: A Biography of John Cage
Begin Again: A Biography of John Cage

Kobo ebook|Oct 19 2010

$23.99

see all books by Kenneth Silverman
Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.32 inPublished:September 22, 2004Publisher:Da Capo BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0306813947

ISBN - 13:9780306813948

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Lightning Man: The Accursed Life Of Samuel F.b. Morse

Reviews