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Lightning Man : The Accursed Life Of Samuel F.B. Morse - Kenneth Silverman

Lightning Man

The Accursed Life Of Samuel F.B. Morse

Paperback Published: 22nd September 2004
ISBN: 9780306813948
Number Of Pages: 503
For Ages: 14+ years old

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A "superb" ( Wall Street Journal biography by a Pulitzer Prize-winning author on the "most illustrious American of his age"-the painter-turned-inventor Samuel F.B. Morse. This brilliantly conceived biography is the very American tale of a quiet man, raised by religious zealots, who became a gifted and prolific painter (more than three hundred portraits and historical canvases), became the first Professor of Fine Arts at an American college, and founded the National Academy of Design. A classic overachiever, this was simply not enough for Samuel F. B. Morse; he subsequently ran for Congress and mayor of New York. Lastly, in his most famous life's work, he invented a machine that was to transform commerce, communication, transportation, military affairs, diplomacy, and the course of the modern world. What invention could be so revolutionary? The telegraph, of course-and the eponymous Morse code. Here is the story of an incredible invention, and an engrossing life, by a Bancroft- and Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

Geographyp. 3
No One Uninspired by the Muses May Enterp. 21
A Terrible Harum-Scarum Fellowp. 40
An Affection of the Heartp. 67
Il Diavolop. 97
Anomalous, Nondescript, Hermaphroditep. 124
High Attribute of Ubiquityp. 147
Traveling on a Snail's Backp. 174
Beware of Tricksp. 192
Hurrah Boys Whip Up the Mulesp. 220
Samuel F. B. Morse
Mere Men of Tradep. 249
Tantalus Stillp. 274
The Great Telegraph Casep. 297
A True Social Fraternityp. 325
Can't! Sir, Can't!p. 346
Forwardp. 370
Is This Treason? Is This Conspiracy?p. 391
Visions of Receding Gloryp. 415
Coda: 1872-2000p. 441
Documentationp. 447
Acknowledgmentsp. 483
Indexp. 485
Illustration Creditsp. 501
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ISBN: 9780306813948
ISBN-10: 0306813947
Audience: General
For Ages: 14+ years old
For Grades: 9+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 503
Published: 22nd September 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.69
Edition Number: 1