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Spare the Birds!George Bird Grinnell and the First Audubon Society$
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Carolyn Merchant

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300215458

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300215458.001.0001

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The Life of John James Audubon

The Life of John James Audubon

From The Audubon Magazine 1, nos. 1–8 (Feb.–Sept. 1887)

(p.70) Chapter Four The Life of John James Audubon
Spare the Birds!

George Bird Grinnell

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This chapter reprints Grinnell's portrayal of the life of Audubon from issues 1–8 (February–September 1887) of The Audubon Magazine. The biography tackles major formative events in Audubon's life, from his years growing up in France and Louisiana to his marriage and his encounters with both wildlife and other people who would influence him in his later years, such as Alexander Wilson, who has been called the Father of American Ornithology. Across eight issues Grinnell's biography depicts a man who, after a long and difficult journey beset with years of delay and disappointment, will ultimately triumph through every obstacle and disappointment that comes his way.

Keywords:   George Bird Grinnell, The Audubon Magazine, Alexander Wilson, Lucy Audubon, childhood, ornithology

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