A biography of John James Audubon, 1785-1851. "This detailed, authoritative and warmly human biography fully covers Audubon's chequered career, assesses his remarkable achievements as a naturalist and artist, and sheds light on the conflicting background of his work. ...Mr Adams deals implicitly with Audubon's career, discusses the main controversies in which he became involved as a businessman, an artist and naturalist. Unlike certain of his biographers who have treated Audubon in a one-dimensional manner, he is treated here as a real person, not as an idealised image. And the author has drawn upon all existing materials, Audubon's own writings, including his journals, letters, and upon original manuscripts in the possession of the National Audubon Society, the Bakewell family, and other sources hitherto untapped. The result is a memorable and enduring record of Audubon's career and his great contribution to American culture and ornithology."