Audubon’s award-winning biographer, Richard Rhodes, has gathered excerpts from his journals, letters, and published works, and has organized them to appeal to general readers. Rhodes’s unobtrusive commentary frames a wide range of selections, including Audubon’s vivid “bird biographies,” correspondence with his devoted wife, Lucy, journal accounts of dramatic river journeys and hunting trips with the Shawnee and Osage Indians, and a generous sampling of brief narrative episodes that have long been out of print—engaging stories of pioneer life such as "The Great Pine Swamp," “The Earthquake,” and “Kentucky Barbecue on the Fourth of July.” Full-color reproductions of sixteen of Audubon’s stunning watercolor illustrations accompany the text.
The Audubon Reader allows us to experience Audubon’s distinctive voice directly and provides a window into his electrifying encounter with early America: with its wildlife and birds, its people, and its primordial wilderness.
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A Synopsis of the Birds of North America
The species are disposed into genera
and families; and, although the location of the groups is not such as, in all
respects, [vi]to satisfy me, the arrangement will, I
trust, be found in some degree useful. It will be seen that, although I have
adopted many of the modern groups, I have not sectioned our birds on so
minutely divided a scale as that employed by some recent writers. Besides the
characters of the Families, Genera, and Species, which are given with
considerable detail, I have presented a short account of the Geographical
Distribution of the species, and references to the principal authors by whom
they have been described. I am confident that these notices will suffice to
enable the student to determine with certainty any species that may come under
his consideration, and that the information respecting its habits, which he
will find in the works referred to, will afford him at least sufficient
knowledge to form a basis for the more extended observation which he may
contemplate. To the name of the genus I have appended that of the author by
whom it has been instituted; and with the specific names I have dealt in the
same manner, giving as authorities the individuals who first employed them,
although they may have referred them to different genera. It is probable that
many errors have been made in this department; but I shall be happy to see them
corrected, as my wish is to do justice to all.