Banvard's Folly: Tales of Renowned Obscurity, Famous Anonymity, and Rotten Luck

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Profiles thirteen scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, adventurers, and writers who once basked in glory, but faded into obscurity due to failed experiments, bad luck, and the signs of madness.

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A beguiling parade of ill-fated flights of fancy whose pioneers have been long forgotten. -- Scotsman

Failure is generally a lot more interesting than success...we should all support it by buying Paul Collins’ wonderful book! -- Mail on Sunday

Here's a wonderful corrective for a culture obsessed with profile, celebrity, fame, spin and blah...Buy two copies. -- Daily Telegraph

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Thirteen fascinating and hilarious portraits of history's losers.

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