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The Comstocks of Cornell-The Definitive Autobiography

Anna Botsford Comstock and Karen Penders St. Clair


This book is the autobiography written by the naturalist educator Anna Botsford Comstock about her life and that of her husband, the entomologist John Henry Comstock—both prominent figures in the scientific community and in Cornell University history. A first edition was published in 1953, but it omitted key Cornellians, historical anecdotes, and personal insights. This twenty-first-century edition restores the author's voice by reconstructing the entire manuscript as Anna Comstock wrote it—and thereby preserves Comstock's memories of the personal and professional lives of the couple as she or ... More

Keywords: Cornell University, Anna Botsford Comstock, John Henry Comstock, entomologist, naturalist educator

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501716270
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501716270.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Botsford Comstock, author
Cornell University

Karen Penders St. Clair, editor

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Chapter II A Sailor and a Scholar

Anna Botsford Comstock

Chapter VII Return to Cornell

Anna Botsford Comstock

Chapter XVII Florida and Retirement

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Chapter XX Mentone

Anna Botsford Comstock

Editor’s Epilogue

Anna Botsford Comstock