Victorian America

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9780847817474: Victorian America

This is Victorian American as it has never been presented before--over 50 historic homes featured in specially commissioned photographs. Includes the homes of the Vanderbilts, Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, Alexander Jackson, and other great houses of the period. 200 illus., 180 in color.

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This survey of America's stately homes is a coffee-table book par excellence. It is divided into three sections: the Agrarian South, the Industrial North, and the Frontier West (everything west of the Hudson River, that is). An introductory text to each section summarizes the political, social, and cultural forces that enabled the building of these opulent mansions. The excellent color photographs include both interior and exterior views, and, of necessity, give only a taste of the treasures to be found in these 53 houses. All the homes are maintained in period style, and many are open to the public. While not a necessary purchase for many libraries, this book will provide readers with a tantalizing glimpse into a way of life that even in its time was experienced by only a few. Recommended for public libraries.
- Constance Ashmore Fairchild, Univ. of Illinois Lib., Urbana-Champaign
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Although the elegant color photographs by Paul Rocheleau--interior and exterior views of where and how the rich and famous lived in the nineteenth-century U.S.--will he admired by readers, the text is also to be commended. Former Antiques magazine editor Garrett has chosen no small task in describing the intellectual, social, historical, and design mindsets of the U.S. in the 1800s. He sets the stage, then, for tracing, via the photos, the hodgepodge of architectural styles existing in the country at that time. More than 50 homes and mansions--some famous (Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, for example), others simply big and costly--are profiled, with accompanying blurbs on furnishings and construction. Most are now public places (addresses are listed in the appendix). For larger design and architectural collections. Barbara Jacobs

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