Remarkable Creatures

From the author of At the Edge of the Orchard and Girl With a Pearl Earring comes this incredible story of two remarkable women and their voyage of discovery.

Author: Tracy Chevalier

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101152451

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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From the New York Times bestselling novelist, a stunning historical novel that follows the story of Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot, two extraordinary 19th century fossil hunters who changed the scientific world forever. On the windswept, fossil-strewn beaches of the English coast, poor and uneducated Mary learns that she has a unique gift: "the eye" to spot ammonites and other fossils no one else can see. When she uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home, she sets the religious community on edge, the townspeople to gossip, and the scientific world alight. After enduring bitter cold, thunderstorms, and landslips, her challenges only grow when she falls in love with an impossible man. Mary soon finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth, a middle-class spinster who shares her passion for scouring the beaches. Their relationship strikes a delicate balance between fierce loyalty, mutual appreciation, and barely suppressed envy, but ultimately turns out to be their greatest asset. From the author of At the Edge of the Orchard and Girl With a Pearl Earring comes this incredible story of two remarkable women and their voyage of discovery.

Remarkable Creatures

Marked for greatness after being struck by lightning in infancy, Mary Anning discovers a fossilized skeleton near her 19th-century home that triggers attacks on her character and upheavals throughout the religious, scientific and academic ...

Author: Tracy Chevalier

Publisher: Plume Books

ISBN: 9780452296725

Category: Fiction

Page: 312

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Marked for greatness after being struck by lightning in infancy, Mary Anning discovers a fossilized skeleton near her 19th-century home that triggers attacks on her character and upheavals throughout the religious, scientific and academic communities. By the best-selling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring. Reprint. A best-selling book.

Remarkable Creatures

From the New York Times–bestselling author of The Big Picture, this book leads us on a rousing voyage that recounts the most important discoveries in two centuries of natural history: from Darwin’s trip around the world to Charles ...

Author: Sean B. Carroll

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 0547526148

Category: Science

Page: 352

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National Book Award Finalist: A biologist’s “thoroughly enjoyable” account of the expeditions that unearthed the history of life on our planet (Publishers Weekly). Not so long ago, most of our world was an unexplored wilderness. Our sense of its age was vague and vastly off the mark, and much of the knowledge of our own species’ history was a set of fantastic myths and fairy tales. But scientists were about to embark on an amazing new era of understanding. From the New York Times–bestselling author of The Big Picture, this book leads us on a rousing voyage that recounts the most important discoveries in two centuries of natural history: from Darwin’s trip around the world to Charles Walcott’s discovery of pre-Cambrian life in the Grand Canyon; from Louis and Mary Leakey’s investigation of our deepest past in East Africa to the trailblazers in modern laboratories who have located a time clock in our DNA. Filled with the same sense of adventure that spurred on these extraordinary men and women, Remarkable Creatures is a “stirring introduction to the wonder of evolutionary biology” (Kirkus Reviews). “Charming and enlightening.” —San Francisco Chronicle “As fast-paced as a detective story.” —Nature

A Most Remarkable Creature

“A fascinating, entertaining, and totally engrossing story.”—David Sibley, author of What It's Like to Be a Bird “Utterly captivating and beautifully written, this book is a hugely entertaining and enlightening exploration of a bird ...

Author: Jonathan Meiburg

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 1101875712

Category: Nature

Page: 384

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“A fascinating, entertaining, and totally engrossing story.”—David Sibley, author of What It's Like to Be a Bird “Utterly captivating and beautifully written, this book is a hugely entertaining and enlightening exploration of a bird so wickedly smart, curious, and social, it boggles the mind.”—Jennifer Ackerman, author of The Bird Way “As curious, wide-ranging, gregarious, and intelligent as its subject.”—Charles C. Mann, author of 1491 An enthralling account of a modern voyage of discovery as we meet the clever, social birds of prey called caracaras, which puzzled Darwin, fascinate modern-day falconers, and carry secrets of our planet's deep past in their family history. In 1833, Charles Darwin was astonished by an animal he met in the Falkland Islands: handsome, social, and oddly crow-like falcons that were "tame and inquisitive . . . quarrelsome and passionate," and so insatiably curious that they stole hats, compasses, and other valuables from the crew of the Beagle. Darwin wondered why these birds were confined to remote islands at the tip of South America, sensing a larger story, but he set this mystery aside and never returned to it. Almost two hundred years later, Jonathan Meiburg takes up this chase. He takes us through South America, from the fog-bound coasts of Tierra del Fuego to the tropical forests of Guyana, in search of these birds: striated caracaras, which still exist, though they're very rare. He reveals the wild, fascinating story of their history, origins, and possible futures. And along the way, he draws us into the life and work of William Henry Hudson, the Victorian writer and naturalist who championed caracaras as an unsung wonder of the natural world, and to falconry parks in the English countryside, where captive caracaras perform incredible feats of memory and problem-solving. A Most Remarkable Creature is a hybrid of science writing, travelogue, and biography, as generous and accessible as it is sophisticated, and absolutely riveting.

Tracy Chevalier 3 Book Collection Girl With a Pearl Earring Remarkable Creatures Falling Angels

‘It is a stunning story, compassionately reimagined’ Guardian Tracy Chevalier’s stunning novel of how one woman’s gift transcends class and gender to lead to some of the most important discoveries of the nineteenth century.

Author: Tracy Chevalier

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007514514

Category: Fiction

Page: 1024

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Three of Tracy Chevalier’s highly acclaimed novels, GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING, REMARKABLE CREATURES and FALLING ANGELS packaged together in one eBook for the first time.


Amazing Animals

This book explores the fascinating hidden world of the planet's most peculiar creatures.

Author: Claire Hibbert

Publisher: Arcturus Publishing

ISBN: 139880116X

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page:

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This book explores the fascinating hidden world of the planet's most peculiar creatures. It's packed with bizarre full-color images and breathtaking facts. Text is broken into bite-sized, easy-to-read chunks, whilst the striking, colorful design gives every spread a sense of high-energy fun. Get the lowdown on astonishing real-life animals... such as lizards that can run across the surface of water or fish that can escape from predators by taking to the air! Filled with genuinely unexpected information and very freaky photographs.


Narrative Strategies in the Reconstruction of History

As was the case in Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Lady and the Unicorn, Remarkable Creatures is particularly interested in a workingclass woman, ...

Author: Ana Fernandes

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1527523519

Category: Fiction

Page: 136

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This book enquires into the processes by which certain contemporary women pay testimony to history. It examines the reasons why they recreate the past, whether political, social or artistic, and the strategies employed to establish a comparison with the present. The focus is on authors such as A.S. Byatt, Pat Barker, Anne Enright, Tracy Chevalier and Ali Smith. The volume demonstrates and discusses parallels, shifts and transformations in the writing of these authors and in the rewriting of history in contemporary fiction by women authors.

Remarkable Creatures of the Seas

Facts about numerous animals in and about the sea, including blowfish, sharks, manta rays, squid, and the Man-of-war fish.

Author: Gardner Soule

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780399609053

Category: Marine animals

Page: 96

View: 556

Facts about numerous animals in and about the sea, including blowfish, sharks, manta rays, squid, and the Man-of-war fish.


Science and Religion in Neo Victorian Novels

Intrepid and honorable despite this difficult cultural environment, they are two “remarkable creatures” who have escaped historical near-extinction because ...

Author: John Glendening

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134088272

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 262

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Criticism about the neo-Victorian novel — a genre of historical fiction that re-imagines aspects of the Victorian world from present-day perspectives — has expanded rapidly in the last fifteen years but given little attention to the engagement between science and religion. Of great interest to Victorians, this subject often appears in neo-Victorian novels including those by such well-known authors as John Fowles, A. S. Byatt, Graham Swift, and Mathew Kneale. This book discusses novels in which nineteenth-century science, including geology, paleontology, and evolutionary theory, interacts with religion through accommodations, conflicts, and crises of faith. In general, these texts abandon conventional religion but retain the ethical connectedness and celebration of life associated with spirituality at its best. Registering the growth of nineteenth-century secularism and drawing on aspects of the romantic tradition and ecological thinking, they honor the natural world without imagining that it exists for humans or functions in reference to human values. In particular, they enact a form of wonderment: the capacity of the mind to make sense of, creatively adapt, and enjoy the world out of which it has evolved — in short, to endow it with meaning. Protagonists who come to experience reality in this expansive way release themselves from self-anxiety and alienation. In this book, Glendening shows how, by intermixing past and present, fact and fiction, neo-Victorian narratives, with a few instructive exceptions, manifest this pattern.

The Mary Kay Lady

How to treat a lady. An eBook for ladies telling their story of what they want and need from their men.

Author: Damon Boyett

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781466266605

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 46

View: 665

How to treat a lady. An eBook for ladies telling their story of what they want and need from their men.

The Mythical Creatures Bible

Now you can learn all about 250 extraordinary beings in this beautifully illustrated book . Here are mighty dragons , graceful unicorns , the legendary ...

Author: Brenda Rosen

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.

ISBN: 9781402765360

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 400

View: 374

Presents entries on creatures and legends from around the world, featuring mythic entities including dragons, serpents, golems, banshees, nature spirits, and sacred beings.

Astonishing Animals

Filled with purple-faced apes, jagged-toothed dolphins, and antlered lizards, Astonishing Animals is a remarkable collection of the world’s most incredible creatures and the stories behind their remarkable survival into a modern age. ...

Author: Tim Flannery

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 0802194176

Category: Nature

Page: 192

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From the authors of A Gap in Nature, a breathtaking visual adventure showcasing ninety of the world’s most astounding creatures Sumptuous birds of paradise, amazing soft-shell turtles, frogs that look like tomatoes, and terrifying fish (including the deep-water angler fish from Finding Nemo) are just some of the extraordinary creatures that can be found in Tim Flannery and Peter Schouten’s new book, Astonishing Animals. Superbly illustrated in lifelike full-color paintings, Astonishing Animals details ninety of the world’s most amazing animals from around the world. In this book you will find the Hairy Seadevil, the spectacular Sulawesi Naked Bat, and in the depths of the limestone caves in Slovenia, the Olm, a pink, four-legged, sightless salamander that lives for a hundred years. In fascinating vignettes, Flannery offers the true evolutionary tale of how each of these bizarre creatures came to look the way they do. Alongside each historical account is a stunning hand-painted color reproduction (life-size in the original painting) by Schouten. Filled with purple-faced apes, jagged-toothed dolphins, and antlered lizards, Astonishing Animals is a remarkable collection of the world’s most incredible creatures and the stories behind their remarkable survival into a modern age.

Minor Creatures

The whole string of trailing individuals advanced in the completest balance of intention, like the remarkable creatures known as Chain Salpe, which, ...

Author: Ivan Kreilkamp

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022657640X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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In the nineteenth century, richly-drawn social fiction became one of England’s major cultural exports. At the same time, a surprising companion came to stand alongside the novel as a key embodiment of British identity: the domesticated pet. In works by authors from the Brontës to Eliot, from Dickens to Hardy, animals appeared as markers of domestic coziness and familial kindness. Yet for all their supposed significance, the animals in nineteenth-century fiction were never granted the same fullness of character or consciousness as their human masters: they remain secondary figures. Minor Creatures re-examines a slew of literary classics to show how Victorian notions of domesticity, sympathy, and individuality were shaped in response to the burgeoning pet class. The presence of beloved animals in the home led to a number of welfare-minded political movements, inspired in part by the Darwinian thought that began to sprout at the time. Nineteenth-century animals may not have been the heroes of their own lives but, as Kreilkamp shows, the history of domestic pets deeply influenced the history of the English novel.

A History of Early Film

A number of these remarkable little creatures are seen actively swimming about , until a couple coming to close quarters have a most exciting stand - up ...

Author: Stephen Herbert

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415211529

Category: Film criticism

Page: 448

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Neo Victorianism and Sensation Fiction

... Remarkable Creatures (2009), details Mary Anning and her brother Joseph's ... After painstaking reconstruction, the creature is sold and subsequently ...

Author: Jessica Cox

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 3030292908

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 251

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This book represents the first full-length study of the relationship between neo-Victorianism and nineteenth-century sensation fiction. It examines the diverse and multiple legacies of Victorian popular fiction by authors such as Wilkie Collins and Mary Elizabeth Braddon, tracing their influence on a range of genres and works, including detective fiction, YA writing, Gothic literature, and stage and screen adaptations. In doing so, it forces a reappraisal of critical understandings of neo-Victorianism in terms of its origins and meanings, as well as offering an important critical intervention in popular fiction studies. The work traces the afterlife of Victorian sensation fiction, taking in the neo-Gothic writing of Daphne du Maurier and Victoria Holt, contemporary popular historical detective and YA fiction by authors including Elizabeth Peters and Philip Pullman, and the literary fiction of writers such as Joanne Harris and Charles Palliser. The work will appeal to scholars and students of Victorian fiction, neo-Victorianism, and popular culture alike.

Creature Teachers

Recently Alpacas came to Ennis Mountain, and we have discovered they are the most remarkable creatures. They are environmentally friendly animals with soft ...

Author: Tom Harvey

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1466994169

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 72

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Creature Teachers is the story of Big Bubba Black Bear, his mate, Bonnie, and their three young bear cubs, Bumbles, Bella, and Rose. Bubba and Bonnie are concerned that they may not know all that they need to know to help their young cubs survive in the world today. So they seek to learn the most important lessons in life from the animals around them to share with their cubs. The result is a road trip adventure with meaningful thoughts for our children today. The importance of laughter, loyalty, caring, sharing, respect, and much more is taught by the animals we see every day.

A Study Guide for Tracy Chevalier s Girl with a Pearl Earring

Both Burning Bright and Remarkable Creatures, like Girl with a Pearl Earring, feature famous historical figures: poet William Blake and paleontologist Mary ...

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 141032107X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 15

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A study guide for Tracy Chevalier's "Girl with a Pearl Earring", excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students series. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.