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Brooklyn Bridge: Fact and Symbol (Phoenix Book; P828)

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Fourteen of Walker Evans's evocative photographs of Brooklyn Bridge, most of which have never been published, appear in this edition of Alan Trachenberg's Brooklyn Bridge: Fact and Symbol. In the new afterword Trachenberg explores the history of Hart Crane's The Bridge, especially the poem's integral relationship with the powerful photography of Evans.

"[Brooklyn Bridge] is familiar in so many movies, in so many stage sets and, as Mr. Trachtenberg shows in this brilliant . . . book, it is at least as much a symbol as a reality. . . . Mr. Trachtenberg is always exciting and illuminating."—Times Literary Supplement 

"The book is a skillful and insightful synthesis of materials about Brooklyn Bridge from such diverse fields as history, engineering, literature and art. Essentially it asks the question of why Brooklyn Bridge achieved such great impact on the nineteenth century American imagination and why it has continued to have a significant impact on twentieth century art and literature. In addition to its exploration of the bridge's symbolic significance, which includes perceptive analyses of such particular works as Hart Crane's great poem cycle and the paintings of artists like Joseph Stella, the book also includes a solidly researched account of the conception, planning and construction of the bridge. Trachtenberg's account of the intellectual and cultural sources of the bridge is particularly fascinating in its demonstration of the convergence of many different philosophical and ideological currents of the time around this great engineering enterprise, illustrating as effectively as any discussion I know the complex interplay of ideas and material culture."—John G. Cawelti, University of Chicago

"Alan Trachtenberg's Brooklyn Bridge is a fascinating story, the philosophic genesis of the idea in Europe, John Roebling's heroic effort to translate it into masonry and steel, and the meanings that Americans attached to the physical object as an emblem of their aspirations."—Leo Marx, Amherst College, author of The Machine in the Garden

Synopsis:

'This book is a skillful and insightful synthesis of Materials about Brooklyn Bridge fro such diverse fields as history, engineering, literature and art. Essentially it asks the question of why Brooklyn Bridge achieved such great impact on the nineteenth century American imagination and why it has continued to have a sighificant impact on twentieth century art and literature.

Synopsis:

Fourteen of Walker Evans's evocative photographs of Brooklyn Bridge, most of which have never been published, appear in this edition of Alan Trachenberg's "Brooklyn Bridge: Fact and Symbol. In the new afterword Trachenberg explores the history of Hart Crane's "The Bridge, especially the poem's integral relationship with the powerful photography of Evans. <BR>"[Brooklyn Bridge] is familiar in so many movies, in so many stage sets and, as Mr. Trachtenberg shows in this brilliant . . . book, it is at least as much a symbol as a reality. . . . Mr. Trachtenberg is always exciting and illuminating."--"Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

Alan Trachtenberg is professor of American studies and English at Yale University.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Phoenix Edition

Preface

Prologue

I. Sources

1. Wilderness Transformed

2. The Rainbow and the Grid

3. An American Dream

II. Shape

4. A Master Plan

5. A Monument

III. Fact and Symbol

6. History&#8212;and Secret History

7. Opening Ceremonies

8. Two Kingdoms

9. The Shadow of a Myth

Epilogue

A Walker Evans Portfolio

Afterword: Walker Evans's Brooklyn Bridge

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226811154
Author:
Trachtenberg, Alan
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Engineering - Civil
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Brooklyn bridge (new york, n.y.)
Subject:
Brooklyn bridge
Subject:
Civil
Subject:
Civil Engineering-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Phoenix Book; P828
Series Volume:
v. 29
Publication Date:
19790731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
8.98x6.05x.56 in. .70 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 'This book is a skillful and insightful synthesis of Materials about Brooklyn Bridge fro such diverse fields as history, engineering, literature and art. Essentially it asks the question of why Brooklyn Bridge achieved such great impact on the nineteenth century American imagination and why it has continued to have a sighificant impact on twentieth century art and literature.
"Synopsis" by , Fourteen of Walker Evans's evocative photographs of Brooklyn Bridge, most of which have never been published, appear in this edition of Alan Trachenberg's "Brooklyn Bridge: Fact and Symbol. In the new afterword Trachenberg explores the history of Hart Crane's "The Bridge, especially the poem's integral relationship with the powerful photography of Evans. <BR>"[Brooklyn Bridge] is familiar in so many movies, in so many stage sets and, as Mr. Trachtenberg shows in this brilliant . . . book, it is at least as much a symbol as a reality. . . . Mr. Trachtenberg is always exciting and illuminating."--"Times Literary Supplement
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