Charles Waterton, 1782-1865
Traveller and Conservationist
By (author) Julia Blackburn
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Charles Waterton, 1782-1865 by Julia Blackburn
Book DescriptionCharles Waterton was the first conservationist who fought to protect wild nature against the destruction and pollution of Victorian industrialisation. During his lifetime he was famous for his eccentricities, but also for his achievements and his opinions. A Yorkshire landowner, he turned his park into a sanctuary for animals and birds. As an explorer he learned to survive in the tropical rain forests of South America without a gun or the society of other white men. He was an authority on the poisons used by South American Indians and a taxidermist of note. The huge public that read his books included Dickens, Darwin and Roosevelt. Since his death the memory of Waterton's personal eccenticities has flourished, while the originality of his ideas and work has often suffered. Using his surviving papers, Julia Blackburn has redressed the balance in a biogr aphy that restores Waterton to his place as the first conservationist of the modern age.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099736004
(198mm x 129mm x 16mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 11-Sep-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Julia Blackburn
Julia Blackburn is the author of Charles Waterton, The Emperor's Last Island, Daisy Bates in the Desert, which was shortlisted for the Waterstones/Esquire Non-Fiction Award., The Book of Colour, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and, most recently, The Leper's Companions, also shortlisted for the Orange Prize. She lives in Suffolk
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