A Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the 19th Century

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Simon and Schuster, 8. 6. 1999 - Počet stran: 480
In a brilliant collaboration between writer and subject, the bestselling author of Home and City Life illuminates Frederick Law Olmsted's 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 York's Central Park, California's Stanford University campus, Boston's Back Bay Fens, Illinois's Riverside community, Asheville's Biltmore Estate, and Louisville's 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 country's first regional plans.
Olmsted's 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 cofounded The Nation magazine and was an early voice against slavery. He wrote books about the South and about his exploration of the Texas frontier. He managed California's 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, Olmsted's 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.
Rybczynski's passion for his subject and his understanding of Olmsted's immense complexity and accomplishments make this book a triumphant work. In A Clearing in the Distance, the story of a great nineteenth-century American becomes an intellectual adventure.
 

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An excellent biography about a remarkable man. Olmsted carved out democracy from the landscape, and shaped the values of the American city. I learned a lot from this book. Přečíst celou recenzi

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An excellent biography about a remarkable man. In his youth, Frederick Law Olmsted drifted from job to job as a seaman, merchant, journalist and farmer. Thanks to his well connected Connecticut family ... Přečíst celou recenzi

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foreword ij Schemes
17
Tough as nails
19
Frederick goes to school
23
j Hartford
28
Ihave no objection
38
New York
42
A year before the mast
48
Friends
56
j6 Loose ends
262
A Magnificent Opening
267
jy Olmsted and Vaux plan a perfect park
269
j8 Metropolitan
278
A stopover in Buffalo
286
Thirtynine thousand trees
290
Bestlaid plans
296
Henry Hobson Richardson
303

Farming
63
p More farming
74
A walking tour in the old country
81
Jostling and Being Jostled
89
Mr Downings magazine
91
Olmstedfalls in love andfinishes his book
96
ij Charley Brace intervenes ioj 14 Yeoman
109
Much the best Mag in the world
137
Abroad
142
Hitting Heads
153
A change in fortune 133
161
2j A brilliant solution
166
A promotion
171
Frederick and Mary
178
Comptroller Green i8j 27 King Cotton
190
A good big work
202
Yeomans war
208
jo Six months more pretty certainly
215
ji A letter from Dana
222
Never happier 22J jj Olmsted shortens sail
240
j4 A heavy sort of book
253
jj Calvert Vaux doesnt take no for an answer
256
Olmsteds dilemma
308
Alone
314
More interesting than nature
324
4j Tshall befreefrom it on the 1st of January
332
An arduous convalescence
341
Fairstead
351
The character of his business 333
360
Olmsted meets the Governor
367
Olmsted and Vaux together again
373
Make a small pleasure ground and gardens
380
The fourth muse
393
Dear Rick
400
Sunset
406
Olmsteds Distant Effects
415
A Selected List of Olmsted Projects
423
notes
429
A traveling companion 122
436
The Texas settlers 128
437
INDEX
461
ILLUSTRATION and photograph credits
480
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Witold Rybczynski is the author of eight books, including Home: The Short History of an Idea, The Most Beautiful House in the World, Waiting for the Weekend, Looking Around, and City Life. The Martin and Margy Meyerson Professor of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania, he is a regular contributor to The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and The New York Review of Books.

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