Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology

Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology

by Lawrence Weschler

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Overview

Finalist for Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction
Finalist for National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction

Pronged ants, horned humans, a landscape carved on a fruit pit—some of the displays in David Wilson's Museum of Jurassic Technology are hoaxes. But which ones? As he guides readers through an intellectual hall of mirrors, Lawrence Weschler revisits the 16th-century "wonder cabinets" that were the first museums and compels readers to examine the imaginative origins of both art and science.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679764892
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/1996
Edition description: First Vintage Books Edition
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 404,877
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Lawrence Weschler was for over twenty years (1981-2002) a staff writer at The New Yorker, where his work shuttled between political tragedies and cultural comedies.  He is a two-time winner of the George Polk Award and was also a recipient of Lannan Literary Award. his nonfiction book Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award.

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