Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis

Downloadable Audiobook - 2012
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"Edward Curtis was dashing, charismatic, a passionate mountaineer, a famous photographer--the Annie Liebowitz of his time. And he was thirty-two years old in 1900 when he gave it all up to pursue his great idea: He would try to capture on film the Native American nation before it disappeared. At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, Egan's book tells the remarkable untold story behind 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--six years alone to convince the Hopi to allow him into their Snake Dance ceremony. 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."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
ISBN: 9781611209495
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital

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Jan 06, 2018

It is a great example of the personal costs of great accomplishment.

May 31, 2016

I like it a lot.

Sep 30, 2015

A truly astonishing non-fiction book about an unequaled accomplishment for the ultimate benefit of human kind by one individual and in various stages by his women associates and millionaire sponsors is recorded well . Sadly, the "play away" recorded books series shown, have been discontinued by KCLS.

IslandReader1 Jul 20, 2015

Fascinating account of the life and times of the great photographer Edward Curtis, who spent years documenting the vanishing traditions of American & Canadian First Nations peoples. Teddy Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan, Chief Joseph - Curtis knew them all & author Egan presents historical details & personal anecdotes that make history come alive. Very well told.

Nov 15, 2013

Timothy Egan weaves a good story about Edward Curtis' life and his significant contribution to native American history. The style allows the reader / listener to easily identify with Curtis' quest, the thrills of learning, the difficulties of the physical turmoil, and the pains of personal loss.

The audio book does contain a disk of images Curtis created which was a nice addition. The narrator's voice is strong and expressive. He also read Empire of the Summer Moon - a worthwhile yet darker read.


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