Synopses & Reviews
American photographer Walker Evans (1903-1975) is best known for his portraits of Depression-era America, a number of which were included in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
(1941), his famous collaboration with writer James Agee. In 1942 at the behest of retired journalist Karl Bickel, Evans journeyed to Sarasota to take photographs for the Mangrove Coast
, a book Bickel was writing about the long and colorful history of Florida's Gulf Coast.
Featured in Walker Evans: Florida are the surprising images Evans took during that six-week stay in the area, which constitute a little-known chapter in Evans's distinguished career. Far from stereotypical postcard pictures of sandy beaches and palm trees, Evans captured a region of contradictions. Here in the nation's seaside vacationland, Evans focused his lens on decaying architecture, crowded street scenes, retirees, and numerous images of animals, railroad cars, and circus wagons from Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, whose winter home was Sarasota.
Accompanying the fifty-two images in Walker Evans: Florida is novelist Robert Plunket's wry account of the human and geographic landscape of Florida.
Accessible to the general reader, this volume in the Illustrated Encyclopedia of World Geography series explores the great variety of animal life--from invertebrates to mammals--that inhabit the Earth. A 32-page introductory section treats the subject on a global scale, with discussions of
the history and structure of the animal world, varieties of animal life, habitats, adaptation, and behavior; animals under threat from loss of habitat, pollution, and active destruction by humans; and efforts to save animal populations through research, protection, and conservation. A series of
regional sections then examines the animals characteristic of each region, describes distinctive and unusual species and their survival techniques and other specializations, and examines the interactions between animals and humans. Special features throughout provide a detailed look at animals of
particular interest, including fur-bearing animals of Canada and the Arctic; animals of the Galapagos; wolves of Italy and Greece; captive-breeding centers in the USSR; elephants in Central Africa; tigers in India; pandas in China; dolphins in Southeast Asia.
American photographer Evans captured a unique look at Florida in 1941, revealing a wealth of contradictions in the nation's seaside vacationland. Accompanying the images, novelist Plunket offers his own wry account of the human and geographic landscape. 54 duotone & 54 b&w illustrations.
About the Author
is a novelist, columnist, and actor who lives in Sarasota. He is the author of My Search for Warren Harding
and Love Junkie