Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

  • by Timothy Egan
  • Narrated by David Drummond
  • 12 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, Egan's book tells the remarkable untold story behind Edward Curtis's iconic photographs, following him throughout Indian country from desert to rainforest as he struggled to document the stories and rituals of more than 80 tribes. Even with the backing of Theodore Roosevelt and J.P. Morgan, it took tremendous perseverance. The undertaking changed him profoundly, from detached observer to outraged advocate.
He would die penniless and unknown in Hollywood just a few years after publishing the last of his 20 volumes. But the charming rogue with the grade-school education had fulfilled his promise - his great adventure succeeded in creating one of America's most stunning cultural achievements.
PDF features Edward Curtis photographs.


What the Critics Say

"With a reporter's eye for detail, Egan delivers a gracefully written biography and adventure story." (Publishers Weekly)
"Lucent prose illuminates a man obscured for years in history's shadows." (Kirkus Reviews)


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Customer Reviews

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Riveting, no matter any preconceptions about Curtis, this author is a master.

What other book might you compare Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher to and why?

Rebecca Solnit's remarkable River of Shadows, which is about Edweard Muybridge and the amazing geo-socio-psychological and historical reasons for his work.

What about David Drummond’s performance did you like?

He is really perfect. Has a world-weary voice, suitable to the material.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The Impossible Dream! A Quixotic Story of a man who gave up everything for a 20 volume photobook.

Any additional comments?

My review of the book on the ICP Library blog

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- D. Donohue

Good historical biography

I grew up in Seattle and didn't know anything about Curtis except having seen his photographs, it is always amazing what you find in your own backyard that they never even mentioned in school. What a dedicated person his was
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- Valerie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-09-2012
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC