Creation
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Creation

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Running two steps ahead of the bailiff, alternately praised and reviled, John James Audubon set himself the audacious task of drawing, from nature, every bird in North America. The result was his masterpiece, The Birds of America. In June 1833, partway through his mission, he enlisted his son, Captain Bayfield of the Royal Navy, and a party of young gentlemen to set sail for nesting grounds no ornithologist had ever seen, in the treacherous passage between Newfoundland and Labrador. Creation explores the short, stormy summer throughout which the captain became the artist's foil, measuring stick, and the recipient of his long-held secrets. It is an exploration of that fateful expedition, a probing and imaginative narrative that fills in a gap in the visionary naturalist's well-documented life.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 307 pages
  • 148.8 x 209.8 x 31mm | 476.28g
  • Overlook Press
  • United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 1585674109
  • 9781585674107
  • 2,413,138

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""Creation is a lour de force, a finely written historical account that plays, for a serious purpose, with the very nature of historical inquiry and humanity's place in the natural order."show more

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129 ratings
3.28 out of 5 stars
5 14% (18)
4 28% (36)
3 40% (51)
2 10% (13)
1 9% (11)
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