The Authentic Animal: Inside the Odd and Obsessive World of Taxidermy
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The Authentic Animal: Inside the Odd and Obsessive World of Taxidermy

by Dave Madden
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0312643713

ISBN-13: 9780312643713

Pub. Date: 08/02/2011

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Why would someone want to create or own the stuffed body of a dead animal? That’s the question Dave Madden explores in The Authentic Animal. Madden starts his journey with the life story of Carl Akeley, the father of modern taxidermy. Akeley started small by stuffing a canary, but by the end of his life he had created the astonishing Akeley African

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Why would someone want to create or own the stuffed body of a dead animal? That’s the question Dave Madden explores in The Authentic Animal. Madden starts his journey with the life story of Carl Akeley, the father of modern taxidermy. Akeley started small by stuffing a canary, but by the end of his life he had created the astonishing Akeley African Wing at The Museum of Natural History. What Akeley strove for and what fascinates Madden is the attempt by the taxidermist to create the authentic animal, looking as though it is still alive. To get a first hand glimpse at this world, Madden travels to the International Taxidermy championship, the garage workplaces of people who mount freeze-dried pets for bereaved owners and the classrooms of a taxidermy academy where students stretch deer pelts over fiberglass bases. On his travels, he looks at the many forms taxidermy takes—hunting trophies, museum dioramas, roadside novelties, pet memorials—and considers what taxidermy has to tell us about human-animal relationships. The Authentic Animal is an entertaining and though-provoking blend of Victorian history, biology, and philosophy that will make readers think twice the next time they scoff at a stuffed moose head on the wall of Uncle Al’s den.

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ISBN-13:
9780312643713
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
08/02/2011
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
8.26(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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