American Characters: Selections from the National Portrait Gallery, Accompanied by Literary Portraits

American Characters: Selections from the National Portrait Gallery, Accompanied by Literary Portraits

by R. W. B. Lewis, Nancy Lewis
     
 

This book brings together 160 famous American figures from Pocahontas to Louis Armstrong, providing visual and verbal portraits that illuminate their place in American life. The portraiture - painting, sculpture, photograph, or drawing - is paired with literary images taken from eyewitness accounts, memoirs, poems, letters, and biographies, and with lively and… See more details below

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This book brings together 160 famous American figures from Pocahontas to Louis Armstrong, providing visual and verbal portraits that illuminate their place in American life. The portraiture - painting, sculpture, photograph, or drawing - is paired with literary images taken from eyewitness accounts, memoirs, poems, letters, and biographies, and with lively and informative commentary by the editors, R. W. B. and Nancy Lewis. The whole is a rich addition to American cultural history.

Editorial Reviews

David Walton
This is a book you can get lost in for hours. Even the notes on the portraits and the commentary make fascinating reading.
NY Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300078954
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
8.33(w) x 10.32(h) x 1.34(d)

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