Important People in The Feather Thief

Kirk Wallace Johnson
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Edwin Rist

Edwin Rist is a keen and talented tier of Victorian-era salmon flies, as well as a talented flautist. Born and raised in the United States and homeschooled by his parents, Edwin became fascinated with fly-tying at a young age and quickly became deeply involved in the subculture and community. At the same time, he was equally committed to the flute and determined to one day play in one of the world's most prestigious orchestras. With his practice of both fly-tying and flute, it is clear that Edwin is a highly focused, if not obsessive, person who is also committed to perfection. As Johnson writes, "he knew it was pointless to pursue anything but the best" (81). These character traits highlight why he was so driven to acquire authentic exotic feathers for his art and to achieve a place of high-status in the fly-tying community, as well as...

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