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Was Beethoven a Birdwatcher?: A Quirky Look at Birds in History and Culture

By: David Turner

285 pages, B/w illus

Summersdale

Hardback | May 2011 | #190517 | ISBN-13: 9781849531450
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NHBS Price: £12.99 $17/€15 approx

About this book

Did the Cetti's Warbler inspire the opening notes of the last movement of Beethoven's Second Symphony? Who among a host of rivals wrote the best poem about the nightingale? Is a James Bond film named after a duck? Find out the answers to these ornithological conundrums and others in this engaging book that delves into literature, science, religion, fine art and popular culture to reveal how a bird can be far more than the sum of its feathered, winged and webbed parts. Worshiped as gods and damned as agents of the Devil in equal measure, birds have also fostered scientific breakthroughs and even helped provoke a war. This humorous and insightful guide is full of brilliant curios that even a magpie would envy.


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