"Engrossing...An elegant and skillful writer, Eisler captures Catlin's many roles and notes how, even today, he remains a 'contentious' figure." "A sparkling biography of the artist and impresario George Catlin, so much an American original that he lived most of his life abroad. Rich in exceptional feats, odd twists, and wrong turns, Red Man's Bones captivates completely." -- Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra: A Life "Through her impeccable scholarship, Benita Eisler masterfully illuminates the tragic life of 19th Century artist George Catlin, America's forgotten portraitist of Native American life. The Red Man's Bones is that rare kind of 'warts and all' history, showing the real Catlin while successfully making the case for his elevation to the pantheon of great American artists." -- Amanda Foreman, author of A World on Fire "An elegant, thoughtful new biography." -- Kate Tuttle "Marvelous ... wonderfully nuanced and compelling ... Ms. Eisler's book is far and away the best biography of Catlin in existence." -- Jonathan Lopez "Pitch-perfect... [Eisler] is a skilled writer, showing both flair and economy." -- Tim Bross "[A] lively and well-researched biography."
About the Author
Benita Eisler's subject is the life and work of artists, and their worlds. She has written on the Romantics, Byron, Chopin, and George Sand, and is the author of a dual biography of early modernists Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz. She lives in New York City.