John James Audubon
This book was given to me by a friend almost a year ago, and it took me this long to give it the attention it deserved. The biography covers the life - and times - of John James Audubon, author and illustrator of the "Birds of ...more
This was a wonderful book about an intriguing man, his family, and also, in some ways, about the chang ...more
The diligence, energy, and passion Audubon had for his desire to document the birds of America is astounding and probably difficult to find in many others in our present technological age.
The author of this book unearths interesting facts and excerpts from Audubon's journals throughout the book. I really enjoyed the thoroughness of t ...more
This is a fine, well written account of this life, and I ...more
Rhodes has provided a thorough picture of Audubon's development, marriage, artistic methods and problems, and the huge problem of getting the drawings published - with the involved financial difficulties which even trailed down decades into the last ...more
John James Audubon produced his paintings of the birds of America by killing, skinning and dissecting thousands of them. Those astonishing images of birds full of life -- flying, fighting, mating, preening, feeding their young -- were achieved by mounting dead birds on a contraption of his own devising: ''Sharpened wires embedded in a board onto which he could impale his fresh specimens in lifelike attitudes,'' as Richard Rhodes de ...more
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb comes a far different story about the intersection of innovation and death__Audubon had to kill his subjects, after all, to illustrate them. Critics differ in opinion about Rhodes's newest effort. Rhodes certainly offers a compelling and complex portrait of Audubon's place in antebellum America and constant desire to reinvent himself. Rhodes also raises timeless issues about the value of nature, family, and fame; he never lo...more
Given the artist's talent, we c ...more
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Nicely woven story about Audubon's many ups and downs... successes and failures. He was almost constantly poor or in debt, and was away from his wife and family for months or years at a time leavi ...more
I had no idea Audubon's life was so interesting. He was born to a slave mother and French naval officer who adopted him after his mother's death. He lost two of his children shortly after their birth. He went bankrupt after financing a steam powered sawmill. He still managed to publish his amazing collection of bird paintings at a time when the author paid the printer.
His journals reflect ...more
That being said, it was ...more
Yes, I do feel guilty about not finishing it, and maybe one day I'll return.