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From the Publisher"I thoroughly enjoyed Peter Wood's investigation of Winslow Homer's Gulf Stream. With his usual sensitivity and perception, Wood explores the personal and historical contexts of Homer as well as the aesthetics of this image. For this reader, the combination proved wonderfully satisfying."—Nell Irvin Painter, Edwards Professor of History, Princeton University
"Peter H. Wood has done it again; first Strange New Land and now Weathering the Storm. Through one of Homer's best-known paintings, he has shown us what was before our eyes but which we never had really seen or completely understood. Wood's dive into American history sheds light into the darkness that still lurks in race relations. This book needs to be read by all Americans."—Linda Crocker Simmons, Curator Emeritus, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
"[H]ere's an analysis of one of America's greatest art works insightfully related to racial issues of the 19th century. You'll never see this picture the same again."—Roanoke Times
"As Wood returns again and again to the painting, he takes us generations and centuries back in time to slave ships and slavery. Compelling is his attention to detail, and the reader returns to the painting with him to discover what was not seen or even contemplated before. It is a signal event, since it almost never occurs, when a leading American historian turns to art as a means of illuminating the past. In this case, sophisticated art critics as well are likely to learn from Wood's approach to The Gulf Stream, Near Andersonville, and other works considered in this wonderful volume."—Journal of Southern History
"[A] sprightly but close analysis of artistic achievement . . . Wood is sensitive to the perils of overinterpretation, but he insists that Winslow intended more and that The Gulf Stream is, in reality, a complex metaphor of contemporary race issues."—Mobile Register
"An engaging study . . . A fine example of how to conduct historically informed analysis with sensitivity and insightfulness . . . In his able hands, The Gulf Stream is shown to be a powerful collection of images confronting viewers with some of the darkest and most disturbing chapters in American history. With Wood’s hand so firmly on the rudder, Weathering the Storm is well worth the ride.”—Virginia Quarterly Review