At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, Egan's book tells the remarkable untold story behind Edward Curtis's iconic photographs, following him throughout Indian country from desert to rainforest as he struggled to document the stories and rituals of more than eighty tribes. Even with the backing of Theodore Roosevelt and J.P. Morgan, it took tremendous perseverance. The undertaking changed him profoundly, from detached observer to outraged advocate. He would die penniless and unknown in Hollywood just a few years after publishing the last of his twenty volumes. But the charming rogue with the grade-school education had fulfilled his promise - his great adventure succeeded in creating one of America's most stunning cultural achievements. Bonus disc features Edward Curtis photographs.
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by Timothy Shriver
by David Hepworth
by Timothy Egan
by Timothy Butler
by Timothy Williams
by Timothy Zahn
by Ardella Garland
by Professor Timothy B. Shutt
"Edward Curtis was a self-taught photographer who rose to celebrity status in his field and eventually was driven to record the dying cultures of American Indian tribes in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Yet he died penniless in Hollywood. This book chronicles his life, work, and genius. David Drummond offers an able reading that carries the material well, with no false emotion or histrionics. He doesn't let his tone vary too widely, yet he imparts clear emotion on the subjects dear to Curtis himself, especially the treatment of the Nez Perce tribe of the Northwest. An accompanying PDF includes samples of Curtis's striking works, and his entire multivolume work on American Indians is available online. R.C.G. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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