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

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In a brilliant collaboration between writer and subject, the bestselling author of andlt;Iandgt;Homeandlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;City Lifeandlt;/Iandgt; illuminates Frederick Law Olmsted's role as a major cultural figure and a man at the epicenter of nineteenth-century American history. andlt;BRandgt; 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. andlt;BRandgt; 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 andlt;Iandgt;The Nationandlt;/Iandgt; 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. andlt;BRandgt; 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. andlt;BRandgt; Rybczynski's passion for his subject and his understanding of Olmsted's immense complexity and accomplishments make this book a triumphant work. In andlt;Iandgt;A Clearing in the Distance,andlt;/Iandgt; the story of a great nineteenth-century American becomes an intellectual adventure.

Review:

"[An] excellent biography....a straightforward work, thorough and respectful, yet easeful in a way that is reminiscent of Olmsted himself." New York Times Book Review

Review:

"[A Clearing in the Distance] goes a long way toward capturing Olmsted the man. [A] biography that communicates, with feeling, the ups and downs of Olmsted's career as well as of the profession he helped to invent." Wall Street Journal

Review:

"Having written incisive and original books on architecture and art and even a social history of the weekend, Rybczynski has found his ideal biographical match....Clearly, Olmsted thought at least as much about the interaction of art and society as Rybczynski himself." Library Journal

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 429-460) and index.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Foreword

Schemes

1. "Tough as nails"

2. Frederick goes to school

3. Hartford

4. "I have no objection"

5. New York

6. A year before the mast

7. Friends

8. Farming

9. More Farming

10. A walking tour in the old country

Jostling and Being Jostled

11. Mr. Downing's magazine

12. Olmsted falls in love and finishes his book

13. Charley Brace intervenes

14. Yeoman

15. A traveling companion

16. The Texas settlers

17. Yeoman makes a decision

18. "Much the best Mag. in the world"

19. Abroad

Hitting Heads

20. A change in fortune

21. The Colonel meets his match

22. Mr. Vaux

23. A brilliant solution

24. A promotion

25. Frederick and Mary

26. Comptroller Green

27. King Cotton

28. A good big work

29. Yeoman's war

30. "Six months more pretty certainly"

31. A letter from Dana

32. Never happier

33. Olmsted shortens sail

34. A heavy sort of book

35. Calvert Vaux doesn't take no for an answer

36. Loose ends

A Magnificent Opening

37. Olmsted and Vaux plan a perfect park

38. Metropolitan

39. A stopover in Buffalo

40. Thirty-nine thousand trees

41. Best-laid plans

42. Henry Hobson Richardson

43. Olmsted's dilemma

44. Alone

45. "More interesting than nature"

46. Olmsted in demand

47. "I shall be free from it on the Ist of January"

Standing First

48. An arduous convalescence

49. Fairstead

50. The character of his business

51. The sixth park

52. Olmsted meets the Governor

53. Olmsted and Vaux, together again

54. "Make a small pleasure ground and gardens"

55. Olmsted drives hard

56. The fourth muse

57. Dear Rick

58. Sunset

Olmsted's Distant Effects

Distant Effects

A Selected List of Olmsted Projects

Acknowledgments

Notes

Index

Illustration and Photograph Credits

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684824635
Author:
Rybczynski, Witold
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Landscape
Subject:
Landscape architecture
Subject:
Olmsted, frederick law, 1822-1903
Subject:
Landscape architects
Subject:
United States Civilization.
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Olmsted, Frederick Law
Subject:
Biography-Artists Architects and Photographers
Subject:
architecture; urbanism; urban design; city planning; University of Pennsylvania School of Design; Vincent Scully Prize; J. Anthony Lukas Prize; Slate; urban future; urban planning; social history; environmentalist; clearing; Central Park; New York City; F
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
19990631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b-w original drawings of parks throughou
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 30.555 oz

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"Review" by , "[An] excellent biography....a straightforward work, thorough and respectful, yet easeful in a way that is reminiscent of Olmsted himself."
"Review" by , "[A Clearing in the Distance] goes a long way toward capturing Olmsted the man. [A] biography that communicates, with feeling, the ups and downs of Olmsted's career as well as of the profession he helped to invent."
"Review" by , "Having written incisive and original books on architecture and art and even a social history of the weekend, Rybczynski has found his ideal biographical match....Clearly, Olmsted thought at least as much about the interaction of art and society as Rybczynski himself."
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