Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Spare the Birds!George Bird Grinnell and the First Audubon Society$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Carolyn Merchant

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300215458

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300215458.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM YALE SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.yale.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Yale University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in YSO for personal use (for details see www.yale.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 21 January 2019

Biography of Alexander Wilson

Biography of Alexander Wilson

From The Audubon Magazine 2, nos. 5–12 (Jun. 1888–Jan. 1889)

(p.116) Chapter Eight Biography of Alexander Wilson
Spare the Birds!

George Bird Grinnell

Yale University Press

This chapter contains Grinnell's account of the life of Audubon's predecessor, Alexander Wilson, taken from the final eight issues of The Audubon Magazine (June 1888–January 1889). Alexander Wilson has sometimes been styled the father of American ornithology, but it was not until the year 1804 that he thought seriously of studying for the task of describing and illustrating the birds of North America. Audubon, who was some fourteen years his junior, was then already dreaming of achieving distinction in the same field, and had long been devoting himself to it in amateur fashion. But in the order of publication, Wilson took precedence, bringing out his first volume in 1808, while the first five parts of Audubon's more elaborate work were not given to the public until nearly twenty years later.

Keywords:   Alexander Wilson, The Audubon Magazine, American ornithology, George Bird Grinnell, biography

Yale Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.