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A Summer of Birds Book

In A Summer of Birds, award-winning journalist and essayist Danny Heitman sorts through the facts and romance of Audubon's summer at Oakley, a season that clearly shaped the destiny of the world's most famous bird artist. Heitman draws from a rich variety of sources including Audubon's own extensive journals, more recent Audubon scholarship, and Robert Penn Warren's poetry to create a stimulating excursion across time, linking the historical man Audubon to the present-day civic and cultural icon. He considers the financial straits that led to Audubon's employment at Oakley as a private tutor to fifteen-year-old Eliza Pirrie, Audubon's family history, his flamboyance as a master of self-invention, his naturalist and artistic techniques, and the possible reasons for his dismissal. Illustrations include photographs of Oakley House now a state historic site, Audubon's paintings from his Oakley period, and portraits of the Pirrie family members.

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