N. C. Wyeth: A Biography

N. C. Wyeth: A Biography

by David Michaelis


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060089269
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/21/2003
Series: Harper Perennial
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 809,374
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.44(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Part 1Needham, 1866-1903
Black and White3
Two Bloods16
Practical Pictures34
October 1942
Missing Sons50
Part 2Wilmington, 1904-1910
The Ideal87
An Old Weakness109
Unhorsing the Master145
Secret of the Grave154
Part 3Chadds Ford/Needham, 1911-1929
Alan Breck213
The Skies of Chadds Ford230
Death by Misadventure261
Shoemaker's Children304
Part 4Pa, 1930-1945
Oil and Water336
Egg Tempera348
Left Out357
Delaware Avenue Girl393
An Open Secret403
After N.C.421
Genealogy of the Wyeths432
Illustration Credits535

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