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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.
©2012 Timothy Egan (P)2012 Dreamscape Media, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"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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5 out of 5 stars
By D. Donohue on 10-29-12


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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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By mrieke on 05-02-16

Now I want to see the 20 volumes he published

I was unsure I would like this book but it's fascinating to know the full story of Curtiss' huge project. I just ordered a book with some of the pictures, and I want to track down the full set near me as well as his film

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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