The great lost scientist Alexander Von Humboldt is the subject of this life story in graphic novel format, taking in adventures throughout South America and the United States. Described as 'thrilling' by Bill Bryson. Lillian Melcher illustrates.
Andrea Wulf (Author)
Andrea Wulf was born in India, moved to Germany as a child, and now lives in London. She is the award-winning author of five books. Her previous book, The Invention of Nature, was an international bestseller and won more than 10 awards, including the Royal Society Science Book Award 2016, Costa Biography Award 2015, the Inaugural James Wright Award for Nature Writing 2016 (Kenyon Review in association with the Nature Conservancy) and the LA Times Book Prize 2016, as well as awards in Germany, China, France and Italy. It has been published in 26 countries. Andrea is an international fellow of the Explorers Club, a fellow of The Royal Society and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a fellow of The Royal Society of Literature. For the past years, she has followed Humboldt's footsteps through Europe and South America -- from Chimborazo and the Mipures Rapids at the Orinoco to the archives in Berlin.
Lillian Melcher (Illustrator)
Lillian Melcher was born and raised just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She attended Parsons School of Design in New York City. In 2016, she graduated with a degree in Illustration. She is the recipient of the SCBWI Student Illustrator Scholarship. This is her first book. While she hasn't been to Chimborazo or the Orinoco, diving into the dense universe of Humboldt's work over the past two years with Andrea Wulf as her guide has been a great adventure. She hopes you feel the same way.
Charming . . . a gripping adventure story . . . [and] a vivid tale of a man whose story deserves to be better known * History Revealed * The tale of adventure and discovery is well suited to the graphic format, and Wulf and Melcher do it proud. The informative, light-hearted text and inventive illustration bring Humboldt's rumbustious character to life * Nature * A glorious graphic version of Wulf's award-winning biography . . . Humboldt would have loved it * The Bookseller * Brilliant . . . The landscapes, the bird life and the botany almost physically burst out of the pages . . . an eye-opening, mind-expanding, thought-provoking delight * Richard Holmes *