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Wilson, Robert 1951 February 21-

Overview
Works: 9 works in 34 publications in 1 language and 2,373 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  History  Travel writing  Anecdotes  Pictorial works  Portraits 
Roles: Author
Classifications: TR140.B7, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Robert Wilson
Mathew Brady : portraits of a nation by Robert Wilson( Book )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,040 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the 1840s and 1850s, "Brady of Broadway" was one of the most successful and acclaimed Manhattan portrait galleries. Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, Dolley Madison, Henry James as a boy with his father, Horace Greeley, Edgar Allan Poe, the Prince of Wales, and Jenny Lind were among the dignitaries photographed in Mathew Brady's studio. But it was during the Civil War that he became the founding father of what is now called photojournalism and his photography became an enduring part of American history. The Civil War was the first war in history to leave a detailed photographic record, and Mathew Brady was the war's chief visual historian. Previously, the general public had never seen in such detail the bloody particulars of war--the strewn bodies of the dead, the bloated carcasses of horses, the splintered remains of trees and fortifications, the chaos and suffering on the battlefield. Brady knew better than anyone of his era the dual power of the camera to record and to excite, to stop a moment in time and to draw the viewer vividly into that moment. He was not, in the strictest sense, a Civil War photographer. As the director of a photographic service, he assigned Alexander Gardner, James F. Gibson, and others to take photographs, often under his personal supervision; he also distributed Civil War photographs taken by others not employed by him. Ironically, Brady had accompanied the Union army to the first major battle at Bull Run, but was so shaken by the experience that throughout the rest of the war he rarely visited battlefields, except well before or after a major battle. The famous Brady photographs at Antietam were shot by Gardner and Gibson. Few books about Brady have gone beyond being collections of the photographs attributed to him, accompanied by a biographical sketch. MATHEW BRADY will be the biography of an American legend--a businessman, an accomplished and innovative technician, a suave promoter, a celebrated portrait artist, and, perhaps most important, a historian who chronicled America during its finest and gravest moments of the 19th century"--
The explorer King : adventure, science, and the Great Diamond Hoax : Clarence King in the Old West by Robert Wilson( Book )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of a scientist-explorer whose mountain-scaling, desert-crossing, river-fording, blizzard-surviving adventures helped create the new West of the nineteenth century. King in his youth was an icon of the new America: a man of both action and intellect, who combined science and adventure with romanticism and charm. He went west in 1863 at age 21 as a geologist-explorer. During the next decade he scaled the Sierra Nevada, published a book now considered an adventure classic, initiated a groundbreaking land survey, and ultimately uncovered one of the greatest frauds of the century--the Great Diamond Hoax--making him an international celebrity at a time when there were few. The book also provides the bigger picture of the West at this time, showing the ways in which the terrain was measured and charted and mastered, and how science, politics, and business began to intersect and influence one another during this era.--From publisher description
Barnum : an American life by Robert Wilson( Book )

4 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From birth to death, Phineas Taylor Barnum repeatedly reinvented himself. He learned as a young man how to wow crowds, and built a fortune that placed him among the first millionaires in the United States. He also suffered tragedy, bankruptcy, and fires that destroyed his life's work, yet willed himself to rebuild and succeed again. Wilson captures the full genius, infamy, and allure of the ebullient showman. He makes the case that P. T. Barnum represented, and indeed created, a distinctly American sense of optimism, industriousness, humor, and relentless energy. -- adapted from jacket
A certain somewhere : writers on the places they remember( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thirty essays originally published in Preservation magazine where writers describe a place that is significant to them
Barnum : an American life by Robert Wilson( Recording )

3 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first major biography of P.T. Barnum in a generation, a vivid account of the forefather of American entertainment. P. T. Barnum was the greatest showman the world has ever seen: the co-creator of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. He was the champion of wonder, joy, trickery, and 'humbug.' He was, as Barnum argues, one of the most important Americans of the nineteenth century. Nearly 125 years after his death, the name P. T. Barnum still inspires wonder. Robert Wilson's vivid new biography captures the full genius, infamy, and allure of the ebullient showman
An examination of some proposals concerning the Australian Capital Territory and in Victoria by Robert Wilson( Book )

2 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dignity in defeat : why Robert E. Lee sat for photographer Mathew Brady so soon after Appomattox by Robert Wilson( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Christopher Gadsden : South Carolina's revolutionary leader by Robert Wilson( )

1 edition published in 1958 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Obligatory jurisdiction of the World Court : its antecedents, development and future by Robert Wilson( )

1 edition published in 1944 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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The explorer King : adventure, science, and the Great Diamond Hoax : Clarence King in the Old West
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A certain somewhere : writers on the places they remember
Alternative Names
Robert III Wilson

Wilson, Robert 1951 Feb. 21-

Wilson, Robert G 1951-

Wilson, Robert Graham 1951-

Languages
English (34)