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Sidewalk Critic: Lewis Mumford's Writings on New York

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Book News Annotation:

Mumford (1895-1990) is best known for his "Sky Line" columns in the New Yorker, where he served as architecture critic for over 30 years. Collected here are 50 articles originally published in that magazine between 1931 and 1940, covering all aspects of New York's architecture and providing an intimate look at one of the formative decades in the city's history. Distributed by Chronicle Books. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews@booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Best known for his "Sky Line" column in the "New Yorker, where he served as architecture critic for over 30 years, Lewis Mumford (1895-1990) is still revered as one of America's leading cultural critics and an international authority on architecture and urbanism. His provocative and polemical pieces were as well known for the emotion of his writing as for the wit and clarity of his style. A man of letters and part of Manhattan's intellectual elite, Mumford wrote more than 20 books over 6 decades, bridging the seemingly disparate disciplines of architecture, technology, literary criticism, biography, sociology, and philosophy, which he synthesized into a highly original body of work.

"Sidewalk Critic collects over 50 of Mumford's writings that were originally published in the "New Yorker between 1931 and 1940. These seminal essays focus almost exclusively on the New York metropolitan area, providing an unusual glimpse into one of the formative decades in the city's history. They cover all aspects of New York's architecture, including museums, theaters, bridges, tenements, parks, and recreational areas, and they range from a short musing on a midtown luncheonette to an extended series on Rockefeller Center.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781568981338
Subtitle:
Lewis Mumford's Writings on New York
Editor:
Wojtowicz, Robert
Author:
Mumford, Lewis
Author:
Wojtowicz, Robert
Publisher:
Princeton Architectural Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
History
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Architecture
Subject:
Architecture, modern
Subject:
New York
Subject:
New York (N.Y.) Buildings, structures, etc.
Subject:
Architectue, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Publication Date:
August 1998
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9.32x6.37x1.19 in. 1.55 lbs.

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» History and Social Science » Americana » New York

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"Synopsis" by , Best known for his "Sky Line" column in the "New Yorker, where he served as architecture critic for over 30 years, Lewis Mumford (1895-1990) is still revered as one of America's leading cultural critics and an international authority on architecture and urbanism. His provocative and polemical pieces were as well known for the emotion of his writing as for the wit and clarity of his style. A man of letters and part of Manhattan's intellectual elite, Mumford wrote more than 20 books over 6 decades, bridging the seemingly disparate disciplines of architecture, technology, literary criticism, biography, sociology, and philosophy, which he synthesized into a highly original body of work.

"Sidewalk Critic collects over 50 of Mumford's writings that were originally published in the "New Yorker between 1931 and 1940. These seminal essays focus almost exclusively on the New York metropolitan area, providing an unusual glimpse into one of the formative decades in the city's history. They cover all aspects of New York's architecture, including museums, theaters, bridges, tenements, parks, and recreational areas, and they range from a short musing on a midtown luncheonette to an extended series on Rockefeller Center.

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