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Series: Notting Hill Editions
Pages: 242
Publication Date: October 10, 2017

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Pilgrims of the AirThe Passing of the Passenger Pigeons

by John Wilson Foster

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In the fate of the North American passenger pigeon we can read much of the story of wild America—the astonishment that accompanied its discovery, the allure of its natural productions, the ruthless exploitation of its commodities, and the ultimate betrayal of its peculiar genius. And in the bird’s fate can be read the essential vulnerability of species and the unpredictable passage of life itself. A morality tale for our times, this is a compelling and deeply researched chronicle of the last years of the passenger pigeon and the dawn of the New World.


Every page of this book is lit by a sense of wonder.
—Michael Longley

John Wilson Foster’s new book is a gem in every sense: small but perfect in the hand, elegantly written and full of evocative, deeply researched interest, both in the bird and American social history.
—Michael Viney, The Irish Times

Foster has produced one of the loveliest of literary meditations on the pigeon and its fate.
—Rick Wright, Birding