Books: Turn in Louisiana

AUDUBON -Constance Rourke -Ear-court, Brace ($3).

Four miles from St. Francisville. in West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, there is an imposing, three-story plantation house called Oakley, built in 1810 by James Pirrie and still inhabited by his descendants. There, in the summer of 1821, a 35-year-old wandering painter named John James Audubon arrived to teach French and painting to 16-year-old Eliza Pirrie. It was almost his first good fortune. He got $60 a month, had his afternoons free, could study to his heart's content the varied bird life of West Feliciana.

His previous career had...

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