Wing of Fame, a novel based on the life of James Smithson

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Ms. Hackney uses the few known facts about the life of James Smithson, founding donor of the Smithsonian Institution, as the launching pad for a fanciful, romantic novel. Hackneyed is the appropriate adjective to describe the writing and the portrayal of Smithson. Very little in the book is factually correct.


Smithson, James 1765-1829


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This is a novel rather than a non-fiction work.

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