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Banvard's Folly: Tales of Renowned Obscurity, Famous Anonymity, and Rotten Luck

by Collins, Paul

  • ISBN: 9780312268862
  • ISBN10: 0312268866

Banvard's Folly: Tales of Renowned Obscurity, Famous Anonymity, and Rotten Luck

by Collins, Paul

  • List Price: $25.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Picador USA
  • Publish date: 01/01/2000
  • ISBN: 9780312268862
  • ISBN10: 0312268866
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Description: History will Long Remember the Edisons, Einsteins, and Darwins; they succeeded in changing the world, and the world has repaid them by enshrining their names. But what of others with similarly revolutionary and epoch-making ideas but who plummeted into oblivion -- whether due to the fickleness of fate, unbelievably bad timing, some deep fatal flaw, rotten luck, or some combination of them all? Gone, all gone. Until now....

Paul Collins' highly entertaining and impeccably documented book offers portraits of famously forgotten men and women, among them eccentric panorama painter John Banvard, the delusional physicist Rene Blandlot, and the tragically overconfident Shakespeare forger William Henry Ireland. All leap from the ash heap of thankless obscurity and directly onto the page: wonderful, even inspirational, profiles in discourage.

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