Clearing in the Distance Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the 19th Century

ISBN-10: 0684865750
ISBN-13: 9780684865751
Edition: 2000
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Description: In a brilliant collaboration between writer and subject, Witold Rybczynski, the bestselling author ofHomeandCity Life,illuminates Frederick Law Olmsted's role as a major cultural figure at the epicenter of nineteenth-century American history. We  More...

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List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 7/5/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

In a brilliant collaboration between writer and subject, Witold Rybczynski, the bestselling author ofHomeandCity Life,illuminates Frederick Law Olmsted's role as a major cultural figure at the epicenter of nineteenth-century American history. We know Olmsted through the physical legacy of his stunning landscapes -- among them, New York's Central Park, California's Stanford University campus, and Boston's Back Bay Fens. But Olmsted's contemporaries knew a man of even more extraordinarily diverse talents. Born in 1822, he traveled to China on a merchant ship at the age of twenty-one. He cofoundedThe Nationmagazine and was an early voice against slavery. He managed California's largest gold mine and, during the Civil War, served as the executive secretary to the United States Sanitary Commission, the precursor of the Red Cross. Rybczynski's passion for his subject and his understanding of Olmsted's immense complexity and accomplishments make his book a triumphant work. InA Clearing in the Distance,the story of a great nineteenth-century American becomes an intellectual adventure.

Witold Rybczynskihas written about architecture forThe New York Times, Time, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, andSlate, and is the author of the critically acclaimed bookHomeand the award-winningA Clearing in the Distance. He is the recipient of the National Building Museum's 2007 Vincent Scully Prize. He lives with his wife in Philadelphia, where he teaches at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.

Foreword
Schemes
""Tough as nails""
Frederick goes to school
Hartford
""I have no objection""
New York
A year before the mast
Friends
Farming
More farming
A walking tour in the old countryJostling and Being Jostled
Mr. Downing's magazine
Olmsted falls in love and finishes his book
Charley Brace intervenes
Yeoman
A traveling companion
The Texas settlers
Yeoman makes a decision
""Much the best Mag. in the world""
AbroadHitting Heads
A change in fortune

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