Louise de Kiriline Lawrence (1894–1992) started life among the aristocracy of Sweden, served as a nurse during the First World War and the Russian civil war, served as rural nurse and nurse to the Dionne quintuplets in Ontario, and, as an amateur close observer without formal training, made major contributions to ornithology in the mid-twentieth century. Those contributions included about 20 technical papers and a monograph, hundreds of reviews and summaries of books and papers, many popular articles, and several popular books, including the Burroughs Medal-winning, The Lovely and the Wild. Her technical publications are referenced in at least 11 BNA/BOW online species accounts and continue to be well-cited. Lawrence is frequently mentioned in popular writing for one day, 27 May 1952, when she counted 22,197 songs produced by one Red-eyed Vireo.

Merilyn Simonds provides the first book-length biography, covering, despite the subtitle, all of Lawrence’s life including a...

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