Had I the Wings: The Friendship of Bachman and Audubon

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University of Georgia Press, 1995 - 233 pages
It was most fortuitous that on his first visit to Charleston John James Audubon would meet John Bachman, a Lutheran clergyman and naturalist. Their chance encounter in 1831 and immediate friendship profoundly affected the careers and social ties of these two men. In this elegantly written book, Jay Shuler offers the first in-depth portrayal of the Bachman-Audubon relationship and its significance in the creation of Audubon's works. Drawing on their voluminous correspondence, replete with accounts of their ornithological adventures and details of their personal and professional lives, Had I the Wings provides new insights into Audubon's life and work and rescues from obscurity John Bachman's important contributions to American ornithology and mammalogy.

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John James Audubon's friendships were often stressful and short-lived, but his personal and professional relationship with John Bachman of Charleston, South Carolina, was a notable exception. Bachman ... Read full review


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