Book ID: CBB585001501

Audubon on Louisiana: Selected Writings of John James Audubon (2018)


Forkner, Ben (Editor)

Louisiana State University Press

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 432
Language: English

Although we remember John James Audubon’s years in Louisiana primarily for the art he produced there, his writings reflect the profound impact the region made on him and his artistic vision, especially in his magnificent collection of paintings published as The Birds of America. In Audubon on Louisiana, Ben Forkner compiles and explains in depth Audubon’s essential writings on the region. Beginning in 1810 as Audubon arrives in the upper Louisiana Territory, and continuing as he moves into southern Louisiana ten years later (and eventually brings his wife, Lucy, to join him), Audubon’s journals, essays, and letters reveal his struggles to fill his portfolio with new watercolors, his discoveries throughout the region, and the transformative effect the area had on both his art and his life.Forkner provides a detailed introduction to Audubon’s private journal of 1820–21, the Louisiana Journal, to guide readers through this compelling document. Until now, the difficulty of comprehending Audubon’s rough English has often kept readers from fully appreciating the Journal’s significance. The volume also contains a dozen essays that Audubon penned about his experiences in Louisiana; most of these “episodes” he published in his Ornithological Biography, a massive five-volume written work that complements the visual art of Birds of America. Letters describing Audubon’s last voyage to Louisiana in 1837 followed by nine of his Louisiana bird biographies round out the collection. These original texts, augmented with Forkner’s commentary, form a magisterial work that illuminates the importance of Louisiana to Audubon’s life and art. Audubon on Louisiana deepens appreciation of one of the most significant artists―and nature writers―of the nineteenth century.

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Review Christoph Irmscher (2019) Review of "Audubon on Louisiana: Selected Writings of John James Audubon". Journal of Southern History (pp. 898-900). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Boehme, Sarah E.
Bleichmar, Daniela
Blaugrund, Annette
Tyler, Ron
Peck, Robert McCracken
Hart-Davis, Duff
Archives of Natural History
Colonial Latin American Review
Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society
Postcolonial Studies
Acta Historica Leopoldina
Harry N. Abrams
Henry Holt
NMS Publishing
Louisiana State University Press
New York, City University of
University of California Press
Natural history
Scientific illustration
Painters and painting
Visual representation; visual communication
Audubon, John James
Lewin, John William
Alder, Anthony
Mutis, José Celestino
Godman, John Davidson
Schleiden, Matthias Jakob
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
20th century, early
Early modern
United States
North America
New South Wales (Australia)
Queensland (Australia)
National Audubon Society
Yellowstone National Park
Oxford University Museum of Natural History

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