N. C. Wyeth: A Biography

Overview

His name summons up our earliest images of the beloved books we read as children. His illustrations for Scribner's Illustrated Classics (Treasure Island, Kidnapped, The Last of the Mohicans, The Yearling) are etched into the collective memory of generations of readers. He was hailed as the greatest American illustrator of his day. For forty-three years, starting in 1902, N.C. Wyeth painted landscapes, still lifes, portraits, and murals, as well as illustrations for a long shelf of world literature. Yet despite ...

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Overview

His name summons up our earliest images of the beloved books we read as children. His illustrations for Scribner's Illustrated Classics (Treasure Island, Kidnapped, The Last of the Mohicans, The Yearling) are etched into the collective memory of generations of readers. He was hailed as the greatest American illustrator of his day. For forty-three years, starting in 1902, N.C. Wyeth painted landscapes, still lifes, portraits, and murals, as well as illustrations for a long shelf of world literature. Yet despite worldwide acclaim, he judged himself a failure, believing that illustration was of no importance.

David Michaelis tells the story of Wyeth's family through four generations — a saga that begins and ends with tragedy — and brings to life the huge-spirited, deeply complicated man, and an America that was quickly vanishing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060089269
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/2/2003
  • Series: Harper Perennial
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 1,297,093
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Meet the Author

David Michaelis is the author of two bestselling biographies, including N. C. Wyeth (available from Harper Perennial), which won the Ambassador Book Award for Biography and Autobiography, given by the English-Speaking Union of the United States. He lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Needham, 1866-1903
Black and White 3
Rudolph 10
Two Bloods 16
Practical Pictures 34
October 19 42
Missing Sons 50
Likeness 67
Part 2 Wilmington, 1904-1910
The Ideal 87
An Old Weakness 109
Shoot-Out 117
Siege 132
Unhorsing the Master 145
Secret of the Grave 154
Moods 170
Part 3 Chadds Ford/Needham, 1911-1929
Treasure 195
Alan Breck 213
The Skies of Chadds Ford 230
Teutonic 249
Death by Misadventure 261
Rip 284
Shoemaker's Children 304
Part 4 Pa, 1930-1945
Colony 321
Oil and Water 336
Egg Tempera 348
Left Out 357
Two-Headed 377
Delaware Avenue Girl 393
An Open Secret 403
After N.C. 421
Genealogy of the Wyeths 432
Acknowledgments 435
Notes 441
Bibliography 515
Illustration Credits 535
Index 543
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2001

    A biography that flows

    I was impressed with the detail of this biography, and the way the author led the reader through the lives of the family members and the generations of this apparently depressed, unusual family. My attention was held, wanting to see what would develop with each characters life.

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