The Resource Reading houses and building books : Andrew Jackson Downing and the architecture of popular antebellum literature, 1835-1855, Adam W. Sweeting

Reading houses and building books : Andrew Jackson Downing and the architecture of popular antebellum literature, 1835-1855, Adam W. Sweeting

Label
Reading houses and building books : Andrew Jackson Downing and the architecture of popular antebellum literature, 1835-1855
Title
Reading houses and building books
Title remainder
Andrew Jackson Downing and the architecture of popular antebellum literature, 1835-1855
Statement of responsibility
Adam W. Sweeting
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Andrew Jackson Downing's reputation as architect, landscape designer, and author spread far beyond his native Hudson River Valley during the first half of the 19th century. But as Adam Sweeting suggests in this elegantly written, illustrated account, Downing's real legacy lies in the philosophical statement he created by melding the literary and building arts with an intensely moralistic outlook. Along with such contemporaries as William Cullen Bryant, Washington Irving, and Frederick Law Olmsted, Downing pursued what Sweeting calls genteel romanticism, an ideal that viewed the confluence of polite literature and graceful dwellings as not just an aesthetic statement, but an ethical imperative. This study of a unique coalescence of literature, architecture, and gardening illuminates "the widely held belief that efforts to reform the world began at home, that beautiful and clean houses produced morally beautiful and spiritually clean people."
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
813/.309
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS253.N7
LC item number
S94 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Reading houses and building books : Andrew Jackson Downing and the architecture of popular antebellum literature, 1835-1855, Adam W. Sweeting
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [191]-197) and index
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  • net
Contents
Ch. 1. "The Imperfections of Our Nature": Downing's Landscapes and the Picturesque -- Ch. 2. "For Convenience and Comfort": Downing's Architectural Pattern Books -- Ch. 3. Framing the Restless Mirror: The Hudson River and the Genteel Aesthetic -- Ch. 4. "A More Beautiful and Tasteful Model": Architecture, Morality, and Gentility -- Ch. 5. "A Very Pleasant Patriarchal Life": The Homes of the Genteel Romantics -- Ch. 6. The Stage Comes to Life: The Socialization of Genteel Aesthetics
Control code
000011879344
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 230 p.
Isbn
9780874517507
Lccn
95039747
Other physical details
ill.
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.b24434619
System control number
  • (OCoLC)33133047
  • ebsco0874517508

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