JOHN JAMES AUDUBON: HIS LIFE by Catherine Owens Peare

JOHN JAMES AUDUBON: HIS LIFE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Qualities of lightness and sympathy have been used with good effect to tell the life story of the artist-naturalist for young readers. As much recourse as possible to on-the-scene narration increases reality and there is a fine balance in moving through the periods of his life as naturally as Audubon did himself. Explanations are given cleverly, by way of conversation, for a quarrelsome childhood, family life, the development of his wanderlust and nature-loving spirit that led him to shirk economic responsibilities- and in the same way for an incipiently haphazard marriage that turned later to real happiness and success. His art, too, is by no means left out, and there are stimulating descriptions of how he painted and what he dreamed of doing.

Pub Date: Feb. 16th, 1953
Publisher: Holt