Animals: Brasher's Birds

Rex Brasher (pronounced Bray-sher) inherited a tremendous ambition from his father, a Wall Street broker and amateur ornithologist who had known the great John James Audubon, had thought his work incomplete and inaccurate, had urged young Rex to paint all the birds of the U. S. and paint them better. Obediently, after years of spare-time study, Rex bought a sailboat for $600, coasted from Maine to Florida, piercing inlets, foraging ashore for all the birds he could find. And later, on $10,000 race-track winnings, he traveled the continent for three years— everywhere...

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