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Banvard's folly : thirteen tales of renowned obscurity, famous anonymity, and rotten luck

Author: Paul Collins
Publisher: New York : Picador USA, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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.
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Collins
ISBN: 0312268866 9780312268862
OCLC Number: 45963005
Description: x, 286 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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.
Responsibility: Paul Collins.
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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.

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