Hearst Castle The Biography of a Country House

Kastner, Victoria; Garagliano, Victoria & George Plimpton

Published by Harry N. Abrams, 2000
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Synopsis: The story of Hearst Castle, the Californian estate of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst. Thuis book chronicles the evolution of the estate, with its pools and collection of fine art and antiques. It also includes stories of the famous parties hosted by Hearst.

From Booklist: Hearst Castle, as the California home of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst was unofficially called, is one of the top tourist draws in the country, a fact that is easy for readers to appreciate as they luxuriate in the pages of this exceptionally vibrant text-and-photo history of the house. The Hearst estate, formally called La Cuesta Encantada ("the enchanted hill"), overlooks the gorgeous California coast, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. In this unforgettable setting, Hearst, with architect Julia Morgan at his side, built and added onto and reconfigured his estate over a period of nearly three decades, from 1919 to 1947, and in the process collected artwork here in the U.S. and in Europe not only for display purposes but also as integral parts of the design structure. Kastner allows Hearst more credit as a sensitive collector than most critics have usually given him. Two major points are made here; that the relationship between Hearst and Morgan, his architect, was an especially productive and mutually satisfying one, and that Hearst Castle is not a "freak" of a dwelling but very much a "representative example of the American country-house tradition." Kastner proffers a delicious taste of the social life that guests enjoyed under the roof at Hearst Castle in Hearst's heyday, particularly after the advent of Hearst's beloved mistress, actress Marian Davies, who was a loving and lovable hostess. This book's brilliant match of words and illustrations results in a marvelous tour of the premises and an engrossing history. Brad Hooper
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Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: 2000
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: NF
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