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Nature's Engraver: A Life of Thomas Bewick

Biography / Memoir

By: Jenny Uglow

480 pages, 83 line drawings

University of Chicago Press

Paperback | Jun 2009 | #179445 | ISBN-13: 9780226823911
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About this book

Thomas Bewick's (1753-1828) "History of British Birds" was the first field guide of its kind for ordinary people, illustrated with woodcuts of astonishing accuracy and beauty. In "Nature's Engraver", Jenny Uglow tells the story of Bewick - the farmer's son from Tyneside who became one of Britain's greatest and most popular engravers. It is a story of violent change, radical politics, lost ways of life, and the beauty of the wild - a journey to the beginning of our lasting obsession with the natural world.

&i;"Uglow's clear prose sparkles like Bewick's River Tyne."&o;
- Los Angeles Times

&i;"This is a lovely book, not just in the quality and sympathy of the writing but in the care of its design and illustration. Uglow has turned a rich but undramatic life into a vignette as full of interest and details as one of Bewick's own woodcuts."&o;
- Sunday Telegraph.

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Jenny Uglow is an editor at Chatto & Windus. Her books include Elizabeth Gaskell: A Habit of Stories; The Lunar Men, winner of the PEN International prize for history; and Hogarth: A Life and a World.

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