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The Resource The birdman's wife, Melissa Ashley

The birdman's wife, Melissa Ashley

Label
The birdman's wife
Title
The birdman's wife
Statement of responsibility
Melissa Ashley
Title variation
Bird man's wife
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Inspired by letters from Elizabeth found tucked inside her famous husbands research, The Birdmans Wife takes the form of an intimate memoir of a woman whose talent and adventurous spirit led her from the glittering salons of London to the wilds of Van Diemans land and New South Wales. Artist Elizabeth Gould spent her life capturing the sublime beauty of birds the world had never seen before. But her legacy was eclipsed by the fame of her husband, John Gould. This book at last gives voice to a passionate and adventurous spirit who was so much more than the woman behind the man. Elizabeth was a woman ahead of her time, juggling the demands of her artistic life with her roles as wife, lover, helpmate, and mother to an ever-growing brood of children. In a golden age of discovery, her artistry breathed wondrous life into countless exotic new species, including Charles Darwin's Galapagos finches. In this book, a naïve young girl who falls in love with an ambitious genius comes into her own as a woman, an artist and a bold adventurer who defies convention by embarking on a trailblazing expedition to the colonies to discover Australia's curious birdlife. This is an indelible portrait of an extraordinary woman overlooked by history until now
Summary
Artist Elizabeth Gould spent her life capturing the sublime beauty of birds the world had never seen before. But her legacy was eclipsed by the fame of her husband, John Gould. Elizabeth was a woman ahead of her time, juggling the demands of her artistic life with her roles as wife, lover, helpmate, and mother to an ever-growing brood of children. In a golden age of discovery, her artistry breathed wondrous life into hundreds of exotic new species, including Charles Darwin's famous Galapagos finches. In this indelible portrait, an extraordinary woman overshadowed by history steps back into the light where she belongs.
Theme
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • Nielsen BookData Australian Booksellers’ Choice Award, 2017.
  • Queensland Literary Awards, Fiction Book Award, 2017.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10533719
Cataloging source
QMU
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1973-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ashley, Melissa
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Gould, Elizabeth
  • Gould, Elizabeth
  • Gould, John
  • Ornithologists
  • Ornithological illustration
  • Families
  • Ornithologists
  • Ornithological illustration
  • Families
  • Australia
Target audience
adult
Label
The birdman's wife, Melissa Ashley
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Includes colour illustrations on endpapers
  • Artist Elizabeth Gould spent her life capturing the sublime beauty of birds the world had never seen before. But her legacy was eclipsed by the fame of her husband, John Gould. The Birdman's Wife at last gives voice to a passionate and adventurous spirit who was so much more than the woman behind the man. Elizabeth was a woman ahead of her time, juggling the demands of her artistic life with her roles as wife, lover, helpmate, and mother to an ever-growing brood of children. In a golden age of discovery, her artistry breathed wondrous life into countless exotic new species, including Charles Darwin's Galapagos finches. In The Birdman's Wife a naïve young girl who falls in love with an ambitious genius comes into her own as a woman, an artist and a bold adventurer who defies convention by embarking on a trailblazing expedition to the colonies to discover Australia's 'curious' birdlife. An indelible portrait of an extraordinary woman overlooked by history - until now
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000058640695
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
389 pages
Isbn
9781925344998
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some colour)
System control number
(OCoLC)959203492
Label
The birdman's wife, Melissa Ashley
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Includes colour illustrations on endpapers
  • Artist Elizabeth Gould spent her life capturing the sublime beauty of birds the world had never seen before. But her legacy was eclipsed by the fame of her husband, John Gould. The Birdman's Wife at last gives voice to a passionate and adventurous spirit who was so much more than the woman behind the man. Elizabeth was a woman ahead of her time, juggling the demands of her artistic life with her roles as wife, lover, helpmate, and mother to an ever-growing brood of children. In a golden age of discovery, her artistry breathed wondrous life into countless exotic new species, including Charles Darwin's Galapagos finches. In The Birdman's Wife a naïve young girl who falls in love with an ambitious genius comes into her own as a woman, an artist and a bold adventurer who defies convention by embarking on a trailblazing expedition to the colonies to discover Australia's 'curious' birdlife. An indelible portrait of an extraordinary woman overlooked by history - until now
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000058640695
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
389 pages
Isbn
9781925344998
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some colour)
System control number
(OCoLC)959203492

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