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A Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the 19th Century
A Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the 19th Century by Witold Rybczynski 0684824639 9780684824635
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A Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the 19th Century by Witold Rybczynski

In a brilliant collaboration between writer and subject, the bestselling author ofHomeandCity Lifeilluminates Frederick Law Olmsteds role as a major cultural figure and a man at the epicenter of nineteenth-century American history.We know Olmsted through the physical legacy of his stunning landscapes -- among them, New Yorks Central Park, Californias Stanford University campus, Bostons Back Bay Fens, Illinoiss Riverside community, Ashevilles Biltmore Estate, and Louisvilles park system. He was a landscape architect before that profession was founded, designed the first large suburban community in the United States, foresaw the need for national parks, and devised one of the countrys first regional plans.Olmsteds 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 wrote books about the South and about his exploration of the Texas frontier. He managed Californias largest gold mine and, during the Civil War, served as general secretary to the United States Sanitary Commission, the precursor of the Red Cross.Olmsted was both ruthlessly pragmatic and a visionary. To create Central Park, he managed thousands of employees who moved millions of cubic yards of stone and earth and planted over 300,000 trees and shrubs. In laying it out, we determined to think of no results to be realized in less than forty years, he told his son, Rick. I have all my life been considering distant effects and always sacrificing immediate success and applause to that of the future. To this day, Olmsteds ideas about people, nature, and society are expressed across the nation -- above all, in his parks, so essential to the civilized life of our cities.Rybczynskis passion for his subject and his understanding of Olmsteds immense complexity and accomplishments make this book a triumphant work. InA Clearing in the Distance,the story of a great nineteenth-century American becomes an intellectual adventure.

Author: Witold Rybczynski

Language: English

Edition: Second printing

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 480

Publisher: Scribner

Publication Date: 1999-06-08

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