Butterfly People

Butterfly People

An American Encounter With the Beauty of the World

Book - 2013
Rate this:
With 32 pages of full-color inserts and black-and-white illustrations throughout.

From one of our most highly regarded historians, here is an original and engrossing chronicle of nineteenth-century America's infatuation with butterflies, and the story of the naturalists who unveiled the mysteries of their existence.
 
A product of William Leach's lifelong love of butterflies, this engaging and elegantly illustrated history shows how Americans from all walks of life passionately pursued butterflies, and how through their discoveries and observations they transformed the character of natural history. Leach focuses on the correspondence and scientific writings of half a dozen pioneering lepidopterists who traveled across the country and throughout the world, collecting and studying unknown and exotic species. In a book as full of life as the subjects themselves and foregrounding a collecting culture now on the brink of vanishing, Leach reveals how the beauty of butterflies led Americans into a deeper understanding of the natural world. He shows, too, that the country's enthusiasm for butterflies occurred at the very moment that another form of beauty--the technological and industrial objects being displayed at world's fairs and commercial shows--was emerging, and that Americans' attraction to this new beauty would eventually, and at great cost, take precedence over nature in general and butterflies in particular.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375422935
0375422935
Branch Call Number: 595.789 Leach 04/2013
Characteristics: xxvi, 388 p., [32] p. of plates :,ill.. (chiefly col.), maps (some col.) ;,25 cm.

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at My Library

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top