The Kierans' name should lend impetus to this biography of Audubon, but for reading, the book is disappointingly repetitious...

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JOHN JAMES AUDUBON

The Kierans' name should lend impetus to this biography of Audubon, but for reading, the book is disappointingly repetitious and not what we expected from the nature enthusiasts. True, the events in Audubon's life- a nature-loving boyhood in France, youth and business incompetence in America, publication in London and success- are told with a commendable directness colored with references to the birds he knew and his temperamental problems. But we are told each thing three or four times. Too long is spent on his unstudious youth and on mere statements about his long suffering Lucy or his painting treks in later life. We would like to go with him but too often feel left out. As it is, this seems to hit at a lower age level than Dolly Madison or Lincoln and Douglas.

Pub Date: Sept. 20, 1954

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1954