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Park Maker: A Life of Frederick Law Olmsted

Stevenson, Elizabeth

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ISBN 10: 0026144409 / ISBN 13: 9780026144407
Published by MacMillan Co., New York, NY, 1977
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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(full book description) MacMillan Co., New York, NY, 1977. 1st Edition 1st Printing, Fine/Fine, Hard Cover, w/Dust Jacket. Size=6.5"x9.5", 484pgs(Index). 28 B/W Photos. Clean, bright and tight. No ink names, tears, chips, foxing, etc. Price unclipped. DJ in a clear plastic protective cover. ISBN 0026144409 20% OFF our regular catalogue price. SELLING WORLDWIDE since 1987. 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES, WE ALWAYS PACK WITH GREAT CARE!. Bookseller Inventory # CONROY214364I

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Title: Park Maker: A Life of Frederick Law Olmsted

Publisher: MacMillan Co., New York, NY

Publication Date: 1977

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: 28 B/W Photos

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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On April 28, 1858, municipal officials announced the winner of the design contest for a great new park for the people of New York City--Plan no. 33, "Greensward" by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. Though the appropriated ground for what was to become Central Park was nothing more than a barren expanse occupied by squatters, in a matter of a few years, Olmsted turned the wasteland into a landscape of coherence, elegance, and beauty. It not only surpassed the design ingenuity of its existing European counterparts but gained the designer national acclaim in a profession that still lacked a name.

Olmsted was an American visionary. He foresaw the day when New York and many other growing cities of the mid-nineteenth century would be plagued by what we presently term "urban sprawl." And he was convinced of the critical importance of adapting land for the recreational and contemplative needs of city dwellers before the last remnants of natural terrain were engulfed by "monotonous, straight streets and piles of erect, angular buildings." As a result of his early efforts to revolutionize the design of public parks, many cities today are able to preserve the recreational space and greenery within their urban limits. In addition, his thoughts and words on wilderness areas still echo across a century of preservation in the wild.

This lively and insightful account of his prodigious life features many of his outstanding landscape projects, including the Biltmore Estate, Prospect Park (Brooklyn), the capitol grounds in Washington, DC, the Boston Park System, the Chicago parks and the Chicago World Fair, as well as measures to preserve the natural settings at Niagara Falls, Yosemite, and the Adirondacks. It traces his early years and describes events that were to form his artistic, intellectual, and deeply humanistic sensibilities. And it restores this lost American hero to his prominent place in history. In addition to being the acknowledged father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted helped shape the political and philosophical climate of America in his own time and today.

Elizabeth Stevenson is the author of the Bancroft Award-winning Henry Adams: A Biography; The Glass Lark, a biography of Lafcadio Hearn; and Babbitts and Bohemians: From the Great War to the Great Depression, all available from Transaction.

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Elizabeth Stevenson (1919-1999) held a variety of jobs during her working life, jobs which supported a writing habit. She found a home at Emory University and retired as Candler Professor of American Studies in the innovative graduate division, the Institute of Liberal Arts. She was the first woman to ever win the Bancroft Prize. Some of her books include Henry Adams: A Biography and The Grass Lark: A Study of Lafcadio Hearn.

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