By Graham Barwell

"At size did move an Albatross, / during the fog it got here; / as though it have been a Christian soul, / We hailed it in God's name." The creation of the albatross in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "The Rime of the traditional Mariner" continues to be some of the most famous references to this majestic seabird in Western tradition. In Albatross, Graham Barwell is going past Coleridge to envision the function the chook performs within the lives of a large choice of peoples and societies, from the early perspectives of north Atlantic mariners to fashionable encounters through writers, artists, and filmmakers.

Exploring how the poultry has been celebrated in proverbs, people tales, artwork, and ceremonies, Barwell indicates how humans surprise on the method the albatross soars during the air, protecting awe-inspiring distances with little attempt due to its extraordinary wingspan. He surveys the various ways humans have taken to considering the albatross during the last 200 years—from those that committed their lives to those birds to those that hunted them for foodstuff and sport—and discusses its position within the human mind's eye. Concluding with a mirrored image at the bird's altering value within the glossy international, Barwell considers threats to its persisted lifestyles and its customers for the longer term. With 100 illustrations from nature, movie, and pop culture, Albatross is an soaking up examine those appealing birds.

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