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Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted (Merloyd Lawrence Book)

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Frederick Law Olmsted is arguably the most important historical figure that the average American knows the least about. Best remembered for his landscape architecture, from New York's Central Park to Boston's Emerald Necklace to Stanford University's campus, Olmsted was also an influential journalist, early voice for the environment, and abolitionist credited with helping dissuade England from joining the South in the Civil War. This momentous career was shadowed by a tragic personal life, also fully portrayed here.

Most of all, he was a social reformer. He didn't simply create places that were beautiful in the abstract. An awesome and timeless intent stands behind Olmsted's designs, allowing his work to survive to the present day. With our urgent need to revitalize cities and a widespread yearning for green space, his work is more relevant now than it was during his lifetime. Justin Martin restores Olmsted to his rightful place in the pantheon of great Americans.

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This definitive, first full-scale biography of Olmsted--famed designer of New York's Central Park--reveals him also as a brilliant political and social reformer.

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Justin Martin, author of highly praised biographies of Alan Greenspan and Ralph Nader, lives in Forest Hills Gardens, New York, an enclave of New York City designed by Olmsted's son.

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Mary J Levine, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Mary J Levine)
Martin shows how this iconic figure stumbled his way to greatness. Olmsted attempted a variety of occupations -- sailor, farmer, journalist, publisher -- before, in desperate financial straits, accepting a job overseeing the preparation of the land that was to be Central Park. All he learned in his wanderings coalesced in inventing the new profession of landscape architect. This book contains brilliant insights into human nature and the mores of the 19th century. A hero of mine became a relatable, recognizable person.
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ISBN:
9780306821486
Author:
Martin, Justin
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
Biography-Artists Architects and Photographers
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First Trade Paper Edition
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A Merloyd Lawrence Book
Publication Date:
20121031
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TRADE PAPER
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English
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16 pages of b/w photos
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496
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9 x 6 in

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