Essays, books, websites, and other resources about Audubon and The Birds of America
Getting Started // Digging Deeper
What Do We Do about Audubon? // Suggest An Addition
Getting Started: Introducing The Birds of America
Mike Cummins, “Audubon’s ‘Birds of America’ at Yale: Creating a Masterwork One Feather at a time,” in Yale News, June 30, 2015
LISTEN: Audubon’s Birds of America at the Beinecke Antiquarian bookseller William Reese, Yale class of 1977, discusses American naturalist and artist John James Audubon’s monumental work The Birds of America. (28:45)
Digging Deeper: Histories of The Birds of America
Susanne M. Low, A Guide to Audubon’s Birds of America: A Concordance Containing Current Names of the Birds, Plate Names with Descriptions of Plate Variants, A description of the Bien Edition, and Corresponding Indexes, New Haven: William Reese Co. & Donald A. Heald, 2002.
Waldemar H. Fries, The Double Elephant Folio: The Story of Audubon’s Birds of America, Amherst: Massachusetts, Zenaida Publishing, c2006.
Ronnie C. Tyler, Audubon’s Great National Work : The Royal Octavo edition of The Birds of America, Austin: University of Texas Press, 1993.
What Do We Do about Audubon?: Reconsidering Audubon’s Life and Legacy, Reconsidering The Birds of America
Emily Raboteau, “Spark Bird: Bearing Witness to New York’s Endangered Species,” Orion Magazine, Spring 2021.
Matthew R. Halley, “Audubon’s Bird of Washington: Unravelling the Fraud that Launched The Birds of America,” Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club, 140(2):110-141 (2020).
Ted Loos, “Kerry James Marshall’s Black Birds Take Flight in a New Series,” New York Times, July 29, 2020; Black and Part Black Birds in America at Zwirner.