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Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis
By Timothy Egan and Edward Curtis (photographer)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Mariner Books
Publication date August 6, 2013
Pages 370
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780544102767
ISBN-10 0544102762
Dimensions 1 by 5.50 by 8 in.
Weight 0.68 lbs.
Original list price $15.95
Summaries and Reviews
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“A vivid exploration of one man's lifelong obsession with an idea . . . Egan’s spirited biography might just bring [Curtis] the recognition that eluded him in life.” — Washington Post

Edward Curtis was charismatic, handsome, a passionate mountaineer, and a famous portrait photographer, the Annie Leibovitz of his time. He moved in rarefied circles, a friend to presidents, vaudeville stars, leading thinkers. But when he was thirty-two years old, in 1900, he gave it all up to pursue his Great Idea: to capture on film the continent’s original inhabitants before the old ways disappeared.

Curtis spent the next three decades documenting the stories and rituals of more than eighty North American tribes. It took tremendous perseverance — ten years alone to persuade the Hopi to allow him to observe their Snake Dance ceremony. And the undertaking changed him profoundly, from detached observer to outraged advocate. Curtis would amass more than 40,000 photographs and 10,000 audio recordings, and he is credited with making the first narrative documentary film. In the process, the charming rogue with the grade school education created the most definitive archive of the American Indian.

“A darn good yarn. Egan is a muscular storyteller and his book is a rollicking page-turner with a colorfully drawn hero.” — San Francisco Chronicle

"A riveting biography of an American original." – Boston Globe


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Hardcover
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from Houghton Mifflin (October 9, 2012)
9780618969029 | details & prices | 370 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.45 lbs | List price $28.00
About: How a lone man’s epic obsession led to one of America’s greatest cultural treasures: Prizewinning writer Timothy Egan tells the riveting, cinematic story behind the most famous photographs in Native American history — and the driven, brilliant man who made them.
Paperback
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With Edward Curtis (other contributor) | Reprint edition from Mariner Books (August 6, 2013)
9780544102767 | details & prices | 370 pages | 5.50 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.68 lbs | List price $15.95
About: “A vivid exploration of one man's lifelong obsession with an idea .
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781611209471 Book cover for 9781611209518
 
With David Drummond (other contributor) | Com/cdr un edition from Dreamscape Media Llc (October 9, 2012)
9781611209471 | details & prices | 6.50 × 5.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $49.99
About: 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 Indian country from desert to rainforest as he struggled to document the stories and rituals of more than eighty tribes.
With David Drummond (other contributor) | Mp3 una edition from Dreamscape Media Llc (October 9, 2012)
9781611209518 | details & prices | 5.50 × 5.25 × 0.25 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $29.99
About: 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 Indian country from desert to rainforest as he struggled to document the stories and rituals of more than eighty tribes.

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