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Audubon

Last but by no means least of the great naturalists who forged a path for nature writing was John James Audubon (1785-1851). He was a colourful character, which is reflected in his illustrations and writings. The illegitimate son of a … Continue reading

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Alexander Wilson: Father of American Ornithology

The second of the three great naturalists who influenced the development of American nature writing was Alexander Wilson.¬†In 1794, aged twenty-eight, Wilson emigrated from Scotland, where he had been a none-too-successful weaver, reformer, painter and peddler and poet. Wilson¬†scored a … Continue reading

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