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

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

2015 National Outdoor Book Award in the Children's Books category

2015 Editors' Choice Book by Booklist

Birds were the objects of my greatest delight, wrote John James Audubon (1785 1851), founder of modern ornithology and one of the world's greatest bird painters. His masterpiece, THE BIRDS OF AMERICA depicts almost 500 North American bird species, each image lifelike and life size rendered in vibrant color. Audubon was also an explorer, a woodsman, a hunter, an entertaining and prolific writer, and an energetic self-promoter. Through talent and dogged determination, he rose from backwoods obscurity to international fame.

In THIS STRANGE WILDERNESS, award-winning author Nancy Plain brings together the amazing story of this American icon's career and the beautiful images that are his legacy. Before Audubon, no one had seen, drawn, or written so much about the animals of this largely uncharted young country. Aware that the wilderness and its wildlife were changing even as he watched, Audubon remained committed almost to the end of his life to search out the things which have been hidden since the creation of this wondrous world. THIS STRANGE WILDNESS details his art and writing, transporting the reader back to the frontiers of early nineteenth-century America.

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

  • Publication Date: March 1, 2015
  • Genres: Animals , Biography, History, Young Adult 9+
  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • ISBN-10: 0803248849
  • ISBN-13: 9780803248847