This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon

This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon

Nancy Plain

2016 Spur Award winner for most sensible Western Juvenile Nonfiction from Western Writers of America
YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist

National open air publication Award

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Birds have been "the items of my maximum delight," wrote John James Audubon (1785 1851), founding father of smooth ornithology and one of many global s maximum chook painters. His masterpiece, The Birds of America depicts virtually North American fowl species, each one picture realistic and lifestyles measurement rendered in shiny colour. Audubon used to be additionally an explorer, a woodsman, a hunter, an pleasing and prolific author, and an lively self-promoter. via expertise and dogged decision, he rose from backwoods obscurity to overseas fame.

In This unusual Wilderness, award-winning writer Nancy simple brings jointly the superb tale of this American icon s occupation and the attractive photos which are his legacy. prior to Audubon, nobody had noticeable, drawn, or written rather a lot concerning the animals of this mostly uncharted younger kingdom. acutely aware that the wasteland and its flora and fauna have been altering whilst he watched, Audubon remained dedicated nearly to the top of his lifestyles to seek out the issues which were hidden because the production of this wondrous global. This unusual Wilderness information his artwork and writing, transporting the reader again to the frontiers of early nineteenth-century America.

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