Cover image for Flight : a celebration of 100 years in art and literature
Flight : a celebration of 100 years in art and literature
Goodyear, Anne Collins.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Welcome Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
239 pages : illustrations ; 31 cm
General Note:
"In collaboration with NASA"--Cover.
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NX650.F55 F55 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
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Publisher's Weekly Review

This collaboration with NASA (where two of the editors work; the other two are associated with the Smithsonian) celebrates the centenary of flight, marked by Wilbur and Orville Wright's invention of the airplane in 1903 (an excerpt from Orville's diary is included). Filled with full-color and black-and-white photos, this beautiful coffee-table book captures flight as the plane has matured into an instrument to wage war and a vehicle to reach the stars. But what really stand out are the works of art that the concept of flying has inspired-poems such as "On the Beaches of the Moon," by Archibald MacLeish or "Kitty Hawk," by Robert Frost; and such paintings as Airplane Flying, by Kazimir Malevich, Notre Avenir est dans l'Air, by Pablo Picasso, or Moonwalk 1, by Andy Warhol. This is an homage in the artistic sense, so historians flipping the pages won't find snapshots of fighter planes in combat, stills of Kitty Hawk's brief flight, or explosive rocket ship liftoffs. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Published in collaboration with NASA (where editors Anthony Springer and Bertram Ulrich work, editors Goodyear and Roger Launius being associated with the Smithsonian Institution) and dedicated to the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia, Flight salutes 100 years of aviation progress. Overflowing with full-color and black-and-white photos, this handsome folio captures the many stages of flight as the flying machine has transmogrified from a fragile biplane into an aerial weapon and a high-tech vehicle capable of space exploration. But what really arrests the eye and the imagination are the eclectic works of art that the idealized conception of flight has inspired: poems such as Archibald MacLeish's "On the Beaches of the Moon," Robert Frost's "Kitty Hawk," and songwriter Joni Mitchell's "Amelia," paintings such as Robert Delaunay's Hommage ? Bleriot, Roy LaGrone's Woody DriverBlack Birdman, and Andy Warhol's Moonwalk 1, and lyrics by songstress Judy Collins honoring the first woman Space Shuttle commander, Eileen Collins. The work concludes with a thoughtful summation on space exploration by commentator Walter Cronkite. Burton and Findsen (an independent collector and dealer in photography and an independent writer, respectively) offer a captivating pictorial retrospective of the Wrights' pioneering efforts, from their historic flight in 1903 to the final induction of the Flyer I at the Smithsonian in 1948, following Orville's death. The photographs are drawn from the former collection of William Preston Mayfield, the Wrights' personal photographer, and supplemented by other images from the Wright Collection at the Library of Congress and from the Wright Brothers archives at Wright State University. These rare photos form the basis of a touring exhibition originated by the Dayton Art Institute. Flight's strictly artistic focus may frustrate aviation enthusiasts, and though The Wright Brothers Legacy provides an unparalleled array of Wright images, its narrative is not as detailed or analytical as Tom Crouch and Peter Jakab's The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Aerial Age. Nevertheless, both works are a visual feast and are highly recommended for all aviation collections and all libraries. [For more on the Wrights Brothers, see the review of Noah Adams's The Flyers, p. 99.-Ed.]-John Carver Edwards, Univ. of Georgia Libs., Athens (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.