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A clearing in the distance : Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the 19th century

Author: Witold Rybczynski
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Scribner paperback edView all editions and formats
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Chronicles the life and career of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, and the effect his ideas had on American culture.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Frederick Law Olmsted; Frederick Law Olmsted; Frederick Law (Landschaftsarchitekt Olmsted; Frederick Law Olmsted; Frederick Law Olmsted
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Witold Rybczynski
ISBN: 0684865750 9780684865751 0684824639 9780684824635
OCLC Number: 170729354
Description: 480 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: 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 country --
Jostling 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" --
Abroad --
Hitting Heads --
A change in fortune --
The Colonel meets his match --
Mr. Vaux --
A brilliant solution --
A promotion --
Frederick and Mary --
Comptroller Green --
King Cotton --
A good big work --
Yeoman's war --
"Six months more pretty certainly" --
A letter from Dana --
Never happier --
Olmsted shortens sail --
A heavy sort of book --
Calvert Vaux doesn't take no for an answer --
Loose ends --
A Magnificent Opening --
Olmsted and Vaux plan a perfect park --
Metropolitan --
A stopover in Buffalo --
Thirty-nine thousand trees --
Best-laid plans --
Henry Hobson Richardson --
Olmsted's dilemma --
Alone --
"More interesting than nature" --
Olmsted in demand --
"I shall be free from it on the 1st of January" --
Standing First --
An arduous convalescence --
Fairstead --
The character of his business --
The sixth park --
Olmsted meets the Governor --
Olmsted and Vaux, together again --
"Make a small pleasure ground and gardens" --
Olmsted drives hard --
The fourth muse --
Dear Rick --
Sunset --
Olmsted's Distant Effects --
Distant Effects.
Responsibility: Witold Rybczynski.

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This fascinating portrait of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted transcends biography and makes American history an intellectual adventure story. of photos.  Read more...

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Stanley Weintraub "The Wall Street Journal" Mr. Rybczynski meshes what is close to a history of urban landscape architecture in America in the nineteenth century with a life of Olmsted. By doing so, Read more...

 
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