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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (675 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Timothy Egan Narrator: David Drummond Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 American Indian territory from desert to rainforest as he struggled to document the stories and rituals of more than eighty tribes.

Even with the backing of Theodore Roosevelt and J. P. Morgan, his journeys 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 twenty 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Egan brings liveliness and a wealth of detail to his biography of the legendary photographer…A riveting biography.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Egan fills his chronicle with bright turns of phrase and radiant descriptions…A sweeping tale about two vanishing ways of life.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Insightful and entertaining…Egan’s excellent book stands as a fitting tribute to an American original who fought for a people with his camera and his art.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A stirring and affectionate portrait of an underknown figure.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A stunning portrait of Edward Curtis that captures every patina of his glory, brilliance, and pathos.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Egan’s account of Curtis’s life is not so much a traditional biography as a vivid exploration of one man’s lifelong obsession with an idea…[this] spirited biography might just bring him the recognition that eluded him in life.”

    Washington Post, editorial review

  • “[A] captivating tribute to a treasured American and the treasures he created.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • Short Nights is not only the marvelous and rollicking account of life of one of America’s extraordinary photographers. It is also a book about the extreme personal cost of outsized ambition. Egan has found yet another great subject, and has crafted yet another great narrative around it.”

    S. C. Gwynne, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and author of Empire of the Summer Moon

  • “In this hauntingly beautiful book, Egan brings Curtis to life as vividly and with as much depth, heart, and understanding as Curtis himself put into his timeless portraits. This is a story for the ages.”

    Candice Millard, bestselling author of The River of Doubt and Destiny of the Republic

  • “Recaptures the story of a man both entrapped by his time and ahead of it.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review (Editor’s Recommendation)

  • “In this extraordinary biography, Tim Egan has revealed a great American adventurer who lived at the fragile, fertile intersection of history, anthropology, and art.”

    Hampton Sides, author of Blood and Thunder

  • “Egan portrays the dwindling tribes, their sacred rites (such as the Hopi snake dance), customs, and daily lives, and captures a larger-than-life cast. With a reporter’s eye for detail, Egan delivers a gracefully written biography and adventure story.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A 2012 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Nonfiction
  • One of the 2012 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction
  • Winner of the 2013 Chautauqua Prize

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Steven | 2/20/2014

    " An excellent read, chronicling the impassioned life and extraordinary work of Edward Curtis, who captured vanishing Native American cultures through 44,000 photographs, 10,000 recordings, 75 language dictionaries over a 33 year period at the turn of the last Century. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Paula | 2/11/2014

    " I really enjoyed Egan's other books--the historical facts laced with personal narratives of the characters whose lives were affected. And while I'm interested in Edward S. Curtis and his work, this book failed to capture me in the same way. It's due at the library, so I'm taking it back unfinished. I may, however, look online for more of Curtis's photography. I wished there had been more of those included in Egan's book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mary-lynne | 1/25/2014

    " Curtis rose from a grade-school drop-out to one of the most well-known names of his time. Then he dropped to being essentially an unknown by the time he died. One of the most fascinating factoids for me was that two of his assistants went on to be two of the greatest and best known women photographers of their time: Imogen Cunningham and Ella McBride. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Margie Lee | 1/13/2014

    " I thought Curtis was an amazing person. His dedication was inspiring but his treatment so sad. He was ahead of his time for sure "

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