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Owl (Reaktion Books - Animal)

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From Edward Lears “The Owl and the Pussycat” to David Lynchs Twin Peaks, owls have been woven into the fabric of popular culture. At times they are depicted as dignified, wise old scholars and at other times as foreboding voyeurs who see all and interrogate with an accusatory, “Who? Who?” In Owl best-selling author Desmond Morris explores the natural and cultural history of these predators of the night who embody both good and evil in turn.

 

In this fascinating book, Morris describes the evolution, the many species, and the wide spread of owls across the globe. Owls are found on every land mass around the world, with the exception of Antarctica; and as a result of their wide distribution, owls appear in the folktales, myths, and legends of many native peoples—in addition to popular art, film, and literature worldwide. Featuring over 100 telling illustrations from nature and culture, Owl will appeal to the numerous fans of this enigmatic bird, from the friendly Mr. Owls to silent, sinister, hunters of the dark.

 

About the Author

Desmond Morris is a well-known and critically acclaimed writer and broadcaster. His many books include The Naked Ape, The Human Zoo, and The Human Animal. For several years he was the host of the television program Zootime, and in 1959 he was appointed Curator of Mammals at the London Zoo.

Table of Contents

Introduction
 
1    Prehistoric Owls
2    Ancient Owls
3    Medicinal Owls
4    Symbolic Owls
5    Emblematic Owls
6    Literary Owls
7    Tribal Owls
8    Owls and Artists
9    Typical Owls
10  Unusual Owls
 
Timeline
Appendix: Classification of Owls
References
Bibliography
Associations and Websites
Photo Acknowledgements
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861895257
Author:
Morris, Desmond
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching - General
Subject:
Birdwatching Guides
Subject:
Nature Studies-Birds
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Reaktion Books - Animal
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 color plates, 60 halftones
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.50 x 38 in

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