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Comstock, Anna Botsford

The Comstocks of Cornell—The Definitive Autobiography

The Definitive Autobiography

Ed. by St. Clair, Karen Penders

CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS

    113,95 € / $130.00 / £103.00*

    eBook (PDF)
    Publication Date:
    2020
    Copyright year:
    2020
    To be published:
    April 2020
    ISBN
    978-1-5017-1629-4
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    Overview

    Aims and Scope

    The Comstocks of Cornell is the autobiography written by the naturalist educator Anna Botsford Comstock about her life and that of her husband, the entomologist John Henry Comstock—both prominent figures in the scientific community and in Cornell University history.

    A first edition was published in 1953, but it omitted key Cornellians, historical anecdotes, and personal insights. In this twenty-first-century edition, Karen Penders St. Clair restores the author's voice by reconstructing the entire manuscript as Anna Comstock wrote it—and thereby preserves Comstock's memories of the personal and professional lives of the couple as she originally intended. The book includes an epilogue documenting the Comstocks' last years and fills in gaps from the 1953 edition. Described as serious legacy work, this book is an essential part of the history of both Cornell University and its press.

    Details

    560 pages
    27 b&w halftones
    CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Language:
    English
    Keyword(s):
    Cornell, Restoration, Archive, Nature Study, Entomology
    Readership:
    General/trade;

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    ComstockAnna Botsford:

    Anna Botsford Comstock, late Professor of Nature Study, Cornell University.

    Reviews

    Carol Kammen, Tompkins County Historian:

    "Anna Botsford Comstock's voice has been returned to her in this carefully edited and amended edition of her memoir of her husband John Comstock, her observations of life around her, and of Cornell University during its early days.  Anna Comstock was Cornell student, scientific illustrator, wife, mother of Nature Studies, Cornell faculty woman, and one of the three most admired female citizens of the world she inhabited. Her words return us to a different world and are worth attending."

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