Cover of: Banvard's folly | Collins, Paul

Banvard's folly

thirteen tales of renowned obscurity, famous anonymity, and rotten luck

1st ed.

Published by Picador USA in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

Profiles thirteen scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, adventurers, and writers who once basked in glory, but faded into obscurity due to failed experiments, bad luck, and the signs of madness.

About the Edition

Profiles thirteen scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, adventurers, and writers who once basked in glory, but faded into obscurity due to failed experiments, bad luck, and the signs of madness.

Table of Contents

Banvard's folly
The clever dullard
Symmes hole
The man with N-ray eyes
If only geniuses knew how to scheme
22,000 seedlings
Psalmanazar
The pneumatic underground
He being dead yet speaketh not
A dedicated amateur of fashion
A.J. Pleasonton's blue light special
Walking on the rings of Saturn.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [269]-283).
Genre
Biography.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
920.02
Library of Congress
CT9990 .C64 2001

The Physical Object

Pagination
x, 286 p. :
Number of pages
286

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL3942467M
Internet Archive
banvardsfollythi00coll
ISBN 10
0312268866
LC Control Number
2001021930
OCLC/WorldCat
45963005
Library Thing
56738
Goodreads
400120
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