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The American Leonardo: A Life of Samuel F. B. Morse

Mabee, Carleton

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ISBN 10: 1930098081 / ISBN 13: 9781930098084
Published by Purple Mountain Press, Fleischmanns, N.Y., 2000
Condition: As New Soft cover
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*First Printing (full # line), Revised Edition. Mint condition paperback in like new condition, looks unread and unopened. 420 pages plus a 16 page index. from back of dj -- "Morse is difficult (as a subject), of course, because of his. varied accomplishments, but also. because of the virtually unreconcilable complexities and contradictions of his character. It is to Carleton Mabee's great credit, and essential to the greatness of his achievement, that he was tempted neither to excuse nor reconcile them. For the dualisms of art and science, profound conservatism and innovative creativity, aristocratic elitism and democratic populism are, after all, essential.(to) Morse's being." -- from the Introduction by Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr. Bookseller Inventory # 000866

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Title: The American Leonardo: A Life of Samuel F. B...

Publisher: Purple Mountain Press, Fleischmanns, N.Y.

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:As New

Edition: 1st Edition

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Morse, the artist and telegraph inventor of New York City and Pougheepsie, is no easy subject. Nicolai Cikovsky Jr., Curator of American Painting at the National Gallery, observes in a new introduction that the difficulty arises because of "the virtually irreconcilable complexities and contradictions of his character, his mind, and his achievments. It is echoed by the New York Times Book Review which praised the author for whitewashing nothing: "It is a very human Morse that emerges from Mr. Mabee's pages." Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

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Carleton Mabee was born in Shanghai, China, and recieved his BA from Bates College in Maine, his PhD from Columbia University (in American History). He has taught history at Clarkson College, Potsdam, New York, and State University College, New Paltz, New York, but is now retired from teaching. His Books include the Pulitzer Prize winning The American Leonardo: A Life of Samuel B. Morse, The Seaway Story (a history of the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence navigation and power development), Black Freedom: The Nonviolent Abolitionists from 1830 through the Civil War ( Ansfield-Wolf Award), Black Education in New York State from Colonial to Modern Times (John Ben Snow Prize), A Quaker Speaks from the Black Experience: The Life and Selected Writings of Barrington Dunbar (with Susan Mabee Newhouse), Sojourner Truth: Slave, Prophet, Legend (Outstanding Book Award of the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights), and Listen to the Whistle: An Anecdotal History of the! Walkill Valley Railroad in Ulster and Orange Counties, New York.

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