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Moths, myths, and mosquitoes : the eccentric life of Harrison G. Dyar, Jr.

Author: Marc E Epstein
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"On September 26, 1924, the ground collapsed beneath a truck in a back alley in Washington, D.C., revealing a mysterious underground labyrinth. In spite of wild speculations, the tunnel was not the work of German spies, but rather an aging, eccentric Smithsonian scientist named Harrison Gray Dyar, Jr. While Dyar's covert tunneling habits may seem far-fetched, they were merely one of many oddities in Dyar's
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Named Person: Harrison G Dyar; Harrison G Dyar; Harrison G Dyar
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marc E Epstein
ISBN: 9780190215255 0190215259
OCLC Number: 926623403
Description: xxvii, 325 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Preparatory stages. The Dyars and the Hannums : 1805-1875 ; Dyar, Jr. : early growth stages and development : 1875-1889 ; Collecting and rearing Lepidoptera, and Dyar's law : 1882-1891 ; Long collecting trips and sawflies : 1889-1897 ; Postgraduate education on classification of moths and bacteria at Columbia : 1892-1895 ; Genealogy of the Limacodidae and the Dyars ; Last days in New York, L.O. Howard, and a move to the U.S. National Museum --
Beginning a new life at the USNM and in Washington. Life in the District of Columbia and Wellesca Pollock ; Beginning a career building the National Collection of Lepidoptera ; Battle of the titans Smith and Dyar, and their new love --
the "Skeets" ; Collecting and travels : 1898-1909 ; Literature wars and last battles with Smith : 1904-1911 ; Gains and losses as a professional lepidopterist : 1907-1914 --
Scandal, divorces, and their aftermath. Wellesca's Bahá'í faith, new wealth, and growing concerns by Zella as Dyar's life begins to unravel : 1906-1908 ; Marriage troubles : 1909-1913 ; The separation : 1914-1915 ; Divorce wrangling in Reno : 1915 ; Divorces, appeals, and bigamy : 1916-1921 ; After the scandal, dismissal, and friend Knab : 1917-1918 --
The final decade : attempts at reinstatement. The National Collection of Lepidoptera, its workers, and their tiffs : 1920s ; Mosquitoes and Dyar's pursuit of reinstatement ; Dyar and his tunnels : Dupont Circle & B Street ; Personal life and Bahá'ís in the 1920s ; Unity in the UNSM Lepidoptera Section and acquiring the Barnes Collection ; Final travels, projects, and days as Custodian of Lepidoptera ; Financial collapse and final push for reinstatement : 1925-1929 --
Epilogue. Wellesca's admission to the fictitious marriage ; It took two entomologists to replace Dyar ; Final days of Zella P. Dyar and Wellesca P.A. Dyar ; Final resting places ; Grandchildren find each other at the same school.
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Moths, Myths, and Mosquitoes is very well written, and for most of its length, a fairly compelling read. * Clyde E. Sorenson, American Entemologist * [A] fascinating biography and valuable scientific Read more...

 
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