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Johnson, Osa 1894-1953

Overview
Works: 126 works in 355 publications in 10 languages and 4,961 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  Documentary films  Juvenile works  Fiction  True adventure stories  Travel writing  Folklore  Anecdotes  Travelogues (Motion pictures)  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Production personnel, Director, Photographer, Other, Creator
Classifications: TR140.J63, 923.9
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Osa Johnson
Bride in the Solomons by Osa Johnson( Book )

27 editions published between 1944 and 1948 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An autobiography set in the Solomon Islands
Simba( Visual )

10 editions published between 1928 and 2015 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

They were an unlikely pair to become international celebrities and America's foremost filmmaker-explorers. Martin Johnson first met the 16-year-old Osa Leighty in the small town of Chanute, Kansas while presenting lantern slides from his Snark voyage with Jack London. One month later they became husband and wife - launching a partnership that would take them around the world. Osa described their lives together in the title of her memoirs - I Married Adventure. Journeying to remote and exotic regions, Martin and Osa Johnson produced, wrote and photographed films celebrating the natural wonder and native tribes of Africa, Asia and the South Seas. For SIMBA, they forded crocodile-infested rivers, braved stampeding elephants and stared down angry rhinos in order to film lions in their natural habitat, the veldt. Killing only for food, self protection or scientific study, the Johnson's became two of Africa's first conservationists. It was Martin and Osa's films that directly influenced Frederick O'Brien to leave for the Pacific and write White Shadows in the South Seas. It was the memory of the lions in SIMBA on which Akira Kurosawa based Toshiro Mifune's character in RASHOMON. It can hardly be realized today the enormous level of their popularity and the magnitude of their films and lectures on the world in the 1920s through the 1950s. SIMBA alone made an astounding $2 million dollars around the world. Although some of SIMBA's intertitles have dated, the Johnsons' camerawork still astonishes with some of the most spectacular images ever of African wildlife. The remarkable portraits of Kenyan tribes are also an invaluable record of that lost world - and the score (using traditional Kenyan melodies) by James Makubuya is just as amazing. Today, the restored SIMBA can be seen as the highlight of the Johnsons' career and a dazzling testimonial to the beauty of the "dark continent."
I married adventure : the lives of Martin and Osa Johnson by Osa Johnson( Book )

10 editions published between 1940 and 2020 in English and Undetermined and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A CLASSIC MEMOIR OF TWO PIONEERING ADVENTURERS Before Joy Adamson went to Africa, before Margaret Mead sailed to Samoa, before Dian Fossey was even born, a Kansas teenager named Osa Leighty married Martin Johnson, a pioneering photographer just back from a 'round-the-world cruise with Jack London. Together the Johnsons flew and sailed to Borneo, to Kenya, and to the Congo, filming Simba and other popular nature movies with Martin behind the camera and Osa holding her rifle at the ready in case the scene's big game star should turn hostile. This bestselling memoir retraces their careers in rich detail, with precisely observed descriptions and often heart-stopping anecdotes. Illustrated with scores of the dramatic photos that made the Johnsons famous, it's a book sure to delight every lover of true adventure
I married adventure : the lives and adventures of Martin and Osa Johnson by Osa Johnson( )

15 editions published between 1940 and 1989 in English and French and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The exciting lives of the husband and wife team -- globetrotters, adventurers and wildlife photographers
Jungle babies by Osa Johnson( Book )

8 editions published between 1930 and 1937 in English and French and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author reveals the comic perplexities as well as the terrors of young animals in the wild
Osa Johnson's jungle friends by Osa Johnson( Book )

3 editions published in 1939 in English and Undetermined and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tarnish, the true story of a lion cub by Osa Johnson( Book )

3 editions published in 1944 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I married adventure by Osa Johnson( Book )

28 editions published between 1940 and 2018 in 8 languages and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exploring with Martin and Osa Johnson by Kenhelm W Stott( Book )

2 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Martin and Osa Johnson's Simba( Visual )

3 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Records Martin and Osa Johnson's expedition to East Africa, 1923-1928, the chief purpose of which was to capture on film the rapidly disappearing African wildlife as well as East African peoples and their customs. Includes footage of elephants, giraffes and lions
Last adventure : the Martin Johnsons in Borneo by Osa Johnson( Book )

7 editions published between 1966 and 1967 in English and Undetermined and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes a year's exploration up North Borneo's Kinabatangan River by junk, raft and native dugout, in 1936
Four years in paradise by Osa Johnson( Book )

15 editions published between 1941 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The location is in the uplands of Kenya Colony, East Africa
Jungle friends by Osa Johnson( Book )

10 editions published between 1941 and 1959 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pantaloons; adventures of a baby elephant by Osa Johnson( Book )

1 edition published in 1941 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Congorilla : adventures among the big apes and little people of Central Africa( Visual )

6 editions published between 1932 and 2015 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Johnsons, naturalists and explorers, journey across Africa in two small airplanes, encountering and filming gorillas and the Negrillos and other native inhabitants
Borneo( Visual )

12 editions published between 1982 and 2015 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last documentary by Martin and Osa Johnson, naturalists and explorers; features their last trip to Borneo, their exploration of the land, and their encounters with the native population and wildlife
Jungle pets by Osa Johnson( Book )

1 edition published in 1932 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I married adventure( Visual )

7 editions published between 1940 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The narration covers Osa Johnson's memoirs of the Osa and Martin Johnson explorations of Africa and their photography of native people and animals. Describes a failed trip to Borneo that the Johnsons successfully made up for 20 years later
Baboona( Visual )

8 editions published between 1935 and 2015 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Johnsons, naturalists and explorers, journey across Africa in two small airplanes, encountering and filming many forms of native wildlife, especially a large population of baboons
Snowball; adventures of a young gorilla by Osa Johnson( Book )

1 edition published in 1942 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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I married adventure : the lives of Martin and Osa Johnson
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Alternative Names
Johnson, Martin 1894-1953 Mrs

Johnson, Martin, Mrs., 1894-1953

Johnson, Mrs Martin

Johnson, Osa H. 1894-1953

Johnson, Osa Helen

Johnson, Osa Helen 1894-1953

Johnson, Osa Helen Leighty

Johnson, Osa Helen Leighty 1894-1953

Ma ding fu ren 1894-1953

Mading furen 1894-1953

Madingfuren 1894-1953

Mrs Martin Johnson

Osa Johnson 1894-1953

Osa Johnson Amerikaans auteur (1894-1953)

Osa Johnson amerikanische Abenteurerin und Dokumentarfilmerin

Osa Johnson author

Osa Johnson aventurera, naturalista y fotógrafa estadounidense

Osa Johnson údar

اوسا جونسون

ジョンソン, オサ

馬丁夫人 1894-1953

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