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John James Audubon

John Burroughs

Book Overview: 

Audubon's life naturally divides itself into three periods: his youth, which was on the whole a gay and happy one, and which lasted till the time of his marriage at the age of twenty-eight; his business career which followed, lasting ten or more years, and consisting mainly in getting rid of the fortune his father had left him; and his career as an ornithologist which, though attended with great hardships and privations, brought him much happiness and, long before the end, substantial pecuniary rewards.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .y was snugly seated at her work by the fire. She rose on my entrance, offered me a seat, assured me of the gratification her father would feel on his return, which, she added, would be in a few moments, as she would despatch a servant for him. Other ruddy cheeks and bright eyes made their transient appearance, but, like spirits gay, soon vanished from my sight; and there I sat, my gaze riveted, as it were, on the young girl before me, who, half working, half talking, essayed to make the time pleasant to me. Oh! may God bless her! It was she, my dear sons, who afterwards became my beloved wife, and your mother. Mr. Bakewell soon made his appearance, and received me with the manner and hospitality of a true English gentleman. The other members of the family were soon introduced to me, and Lucy was told to have luncheon produced. She now rose from her seat a second time, and her form, . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Enlightening book about the life of James Audubon. Painting and categorizing birds seemed to be his life's destiny. Amazing and interesting path. Well worth the read. Very telling about those of us who are called to follow a pursuit, regardless of the price.

Not a super entertaining read, but very informative if you are in the birdwatching/ecological community and have an interest in the forefathers of ornithology. Very interesting to see someone such as John James Audubon build up their knowledge from nothing, versus now when everything is just a googl

An older but good short biography of Audubon. Its not comprehensive but it lays out his life in a concise and well-organized narrative. Its not a very full treatment but its a good place to start and its in domain.

A super quick biography of one of America’s most renowned naturalist. Easy to follow and hits all the important bits of his life. And oh, what a life it was!