The Accursed Life of Samuel F.B. MorseBook - 2003
"In this biography, Kenneth Silverman gives us the life of the man eulogized by the New York Heral in 1872 as "perhaps the most illustrious American of his age."" "Silverman presents Samuel Morse in all his complexity. There is the gifted and prolific painter (more than three hundred portraits and larger historical canvases) and pioneer photographer, who gave the first lectures on art in America, became the first Professor of Fine Arts at an American college (New York University), and founded the National Academy of Design. There is the republican idealist, prominent in antebellum politics, who ran for Congress and for mayor of New York. But most important, there is the inventor of the American electromagnetic telegraph, which earned Morse the name Lightning Man and brought him the fame he sought."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2003.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: vi, 503 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.