December 8, 2010
' Naturalist John James Audubon's "Birds of America" sold at auction in London on Tuesday for $10 million, making it the world's most expensive book. FOR THE RECORD: "Birds of America": A Quick Takes item in the Dec. 8 Calendar section said that a rare edition of John James Audubon's "Birds of America" had been sold at auction for $10 million, making it the world's most expensive book. That figure excluded the buyer's premium, which was added later and brought the price to $11,567,575.
May 28, 2010 |
The oil spill disaster off the coast of my home state of Louisiana is stark evidence that humans have an awesome power to change the natural landscape, often for the worse. But landscapes also have the power to change us, as John James Audubon was reminded when he arrived in Louisiana in 1821. In Louisiana, Audubon encountered a biblical abundance of wildlife that transformed him and his bird art, enlarging his sense of possibility and refining his genius as an observer of the natural world.
October 10, 2004 |
Great talents have deep roots. Richard Rhodes illustrates this with his "John James Audubon: The Making of an American," an unpretentiously titled book that is more than a mere biography: It is a comprehensive history of a man and his era.
June 25, 2004 |
Under a Wild Sky John James Audubon and the Making of The Birds of America William Souder North Point Press/Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 368 pp., $25 * In "Under a Wild Sky," William Souder deftly weaves together the story of the self-taught artist and naturalist John James Audubon with the development of scientific inquiry in the early years of the republic and the lives of ordinary Americans as the new nation spilled westward over the mountains from the Eastern seaboard.
July 22, 1991 |
When Arthur Welmas and Linda Streeter Dukic decided to challenge the leadership of the tiny Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, they knew they were taking a calculated risk. But they never quite realized the extent of their gamble until the conclusion of a 3 1/2-hour misconduct hearing in the main gaming hall of the Cabazon Bingo Palace last week. Welmas and Dukic, whose recent drive to oust Tribal Chairman John James for alleged mismanagement failed by one vote, were fined $50,000 each.
June 13, 1991 |
'Dynasty' Under Way: "Dynasty: The Miniseries," a two-part four-hour saga, began filming Wednesday in Los Angeles and Northern California with much of the original cast signed on: John Forsythe as rich, powerful Blake Carrington, Linda Evans as his loving wife, Krystle, and Joan Collins as his just plain nasty former wife, Alexis. ABC is booking the show for Oct. 20 and 22, against CBS' coverage of the World Series.