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Colonel H. Avery Chenoweth, USMC (ret.), “studied at the Yale Art School, then completed his A.B. in Art & Architecture at Princeton University in 1950. After combat service in Korea in 1951 as an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, he headed the newly created Marine Corps Combat Art Team in Washington, where he also studied at the Corcoran Gallery Art School. Following two years in television, he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Florida, working his way through graduate school by painting portraits of prominent people, including an official portrait of the president of the Florida Senate. Subsequently, he joined the faculty of the School of Journalism and Communications. He completed all Marine Corps amphibious and command and staff courses plus the Naval War College.”


Colonel H. Avery Chenoweth is the author of: Wingtips: Stories by Avery Chenoweth; Art of War: Eyewitness U.S. Combat Art from the Revolution Through the Twentieth Century; and, Albemarle: A Story of Landscape and American Identity.  He is also a co-author of Empires in the Forest: Jamestown And the Beginning of America and Semper Fi: The Definitive Illustrated History of the U.S. Marines.

According to the book description of Empires in the Forest: Jamestown And the Beginning of America, “From the author and photographer who brought us "a new genre of art book" in Albemarle: A Story of Landscape and American Identity comes a new collaborative effort detailing the story of our nation's birth: Jamestown and the Making of America. This beautiful work of photography and prose traces the ways in which American culture grew out of the conflict that characterized the first contact between Native Americans and Europeans. Expanding in their unique treatment of Albemarle County, the artists use photographs from our time to suggest both the ancient and recent pasts, creating a virtual experience from the Colonial era into modern times. Telling this great story in modern terms by dusting off the history to reveal the main players as fresh and alive today as they were then, Jamestown and the Making of America beautifully depicts a landscape synonymous with American history, from its tumultuous beginning through today.”


Booklist said of Wingtips: Stories by Avery Chenoweth, “With earnest lyricism and emotional accuracy, the nine linked stories of Chenoweth's debut collection graph the evolution of the Good pasture family. The dramatis personae introduced by the opening story recur: the outcast, troublemaking Stuart; his brittle mother, Carol, shattered when her husband deserts her for another woman; the virile bully, Uncle Jack; and Granelle, the doddering grandmother. From the chrysalis of "Powerman," which takes place in 1968 at the annual family retreat in muggy, graveyard-rich Beersheba Springs, Tenn., emerges a chain of events that ends when the near-30-year-old Stuart decides that "Here was where [he] would begin." The tales' geographical range Martha's Vineyard, Jacksonville, Princeton, and Washington, D.C. operates as a metaphor for the scope of the characters' emotional trials. Shocking revelations about divorce, paternity, sex and family form the substratum of Stuart's coming of age, while glimpses into the lives of his siblings, Jay and Brian, round out the family's difficult relationships. While these strung-together short stories sometimes feel like an undernourished novel, the intensity of the language and the grace of the narrative arc should earn this new writer praise.”


The MOAA said of Art of War: Eyewitness U.S. Combat Art from the Revolution Through the Twentieth Century, “Lavishly illustrated with over 300 full-color and black and white reproductions, this book traces the history of American combat across three centuries, from pre-colonial America through the end of the 20th century. Spanning wars that have involved U.S. troops, this gallery of outstanding works of art ranges from majestic land, sea, and airscapes portraying all the branches of the armed services to close-ups of hand-to hand combat.”

Art of War: Eyewitness U.S. Combat Art from the Revolution Through the 20th Century
USMC (Ret), Col. H. Avery Chenoweth  More Info

Semper Fi: The Definitive Illustrated History of the U.S. Marines
H. Avery Chenoweth  More Info

Wingtips: Stories by Avery Chenoweth (Johns Hopkins: Poetry and Fiction)
Avery Chenoweth  More Info

Empires in the Forest: Jamestown And the Beginning of America
Avery Chenoweth  More Info

Albemarle: A Story of Landscape and American Identity
Avery Chenoweth  More Info

According to the book description of Semper Fi: The Definitive Illustrated History of the U.S. Marines, “With more than 1,100 images and a text written by respected author and veteran Colonel H. Avery Chenoweth, this tribute to the U.S. Marines shines with all the pride of the Marines themselves.


Salute the few, the proud, the Marines. From their founding in 1794 to their most recent actions--including the second battle of Falluja--the entire history of the U.S. Marine Corps comes vividly to life in these lushly illustrated pages. Pore through the comprehensive images of nearly every Marine hero, uniform style, sidearm, saber, weapons platform, recruiting poster, plane, helicopter, boat, and mess kit. Many of the photos were shot recently right at the Historical Center at Quantico, Virginia, and they include rare and never-before-seen artifacts from the Marines' long history. Colonel H. Avery Chenoweth provides fascinating background information and context to compliment the visual journey.”


According to the book description of Albemarle: A Story of Landscape and American Identity, “In 'Albemarle,' photographer Robert Llewellyn and writer Avery Chenoweth explore how the landscape of Albemarle County, where the Virginia piedmont meets the Blue Ridge Mountains, and its people have helped create an American sense of identity.

Complemented by Llewellyn's luxurious color photography, the narrative rolls back 15,000 years to the first signs of human habitation, continues through the Colonial period, and arrives in the modern era. The story traces the evolving culture of landscape as it has been played out in the lives of historic figures, from the Monacans to the Moderns, Thomas Jefferson to Lady Bird Johnson, Edgar Allan Poe to Teddy Roosevelt. With a sweeping view of aesthetics, spirituality, religion, and history, the book itself is a work of art, essential reading, and viewing, for anyone who has lived in, or been inspired by, the landscape of Albemarle County.”

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