Timothy Egan brings liveliness and a wealth of detail to “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher,’’ his biography of legendary American photographer Edward Sheriff Curtis. Winner of a National Book Award for “The Worst Hard Time,’’ Egan traces the career of the mountaineer with the Vandyke beard who was born in 1868 and scrabbled from poverty to prominence in Seattle with his camera, along the way rubbing elbows with scientists, presidents, and titans of commerce.
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