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Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis

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Edward Curtis was charismatic, handsome, a passionate mountaineer, and a famous portrait photographer, the Annie Leibovitz of his time. He moved in rarefied circles, a friend to presidents, vaudeville stars, leading thinkers. But when he was thirty-two years old, in 1900, he gave it all up to pursue his Great Idea: to capture on film the continent’s original inhabitants before the old ways disappeared.

Curtis spent the next three decades documenting the stories and rituals of more than eighty North American tribes. It took tremendous perseverance — ten years alone to persuade the Hopi to allow him to observe their Snake Dance ceremony. And the undertaking changed him profoundly, from detached observer to outraged advocate. Curtis would amass more than 40,000 photographs and 10,000 audio recordings, and he is credited with making the first narrative documentary film. In the process, the charming rogue with the grade school education created the most definitive archive of the American Indian.

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“A vivid exploration of one man's lifelong obsession with an idea....Egan’s spirited biography might just bring [Curtis] the recognition that eluded him in life.” Washington Post

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“A darn good yarn. Egan is a muscular storyteller and his book is a rollicking page-turner with a colorfully drawn hero.” San Francisco Chronicle

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"A riveting biography of an American original." Boston Globe

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How a lone man's epic obsession led to one of America's greatest cultural treasures: Prize-winning writer Timothy Egan tells the riveting, cinematic story behind the most famous photographs in Native American history — and the driven, brilliant man who made them.

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Timothy Egan is a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and the author of six books, most recently The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and the Washington State Book Award. His previous books include The Worst Hard Time, which won a National Book Award and was named a New York Times Editor's Choice. He is an online op-ed columnist for the New York Times, writing his "Opinionator" feature once a week. He is a third-generation Westerner and lives in Seattle.

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Who would predict Timothy Egan's book about Edward Curtis would be a page-turner? From the getgo I was pulled into the vortex of Egan's meticulous account of this obsessive photographer whose passion sent him to the brink of self-destruction. Is this what being a true artist is all about? Curtis left a legacy that few of us will see, but his chronicle of the American Indian will live as a superior gift to the world. Likewise, Egan's research has shed new light on the history of our first people. This is a book to have on the shelf and to share.
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ISBN:
9780544102767
Subtitle:
The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis
Author:
Egan, Timothy
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Biography-Artists Architects and Photographers
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Publication Date:
20130806
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Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in

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"Review" by , “A vivid exploration of one man's lifelong obsession with an idea....Egan’s spirited biography might just bring [Curtis] the recognition that eluded him in life.”
"Review" by , “A darn good yarn. Egan is a muscular storyteller and his book is a rollicking page-turner with a colorfully drawn hero.”
"Review" by , "A riveting biography of an American original."
"Synopsis" by , How a lone man's epic obsession led to one of America's greatest cultural treasures: Prize-winning writer Timothy Egan tells the riveting, cinematic story behind the most famous photographs in Native American history — and the driven, brilliant man who made them.
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