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KLIATTBreathtaking is the word for this book. The catalog of an exhibit mounted by the Tate for London, Philadelphia and Minneapolis in 2002, the work is presented first in explanatory essays by Andrew Wilton of the Tate and Tim Barringer of Yale's Art Department. Then follow 99 gorgeous full-color plates, several as double foldout pages. Many of the ten artists whose works are included here are familiar: Cole, Heade, Church, Bierstadt. Some are less so: Durand, Cropsey, Moran. Most have been dubbed members of the "Hudson River School." As the authors note, however, they have all demonstrably contributed to an artistic vision of the sublime, a sense of untouched Eden, of the "wildness" of a wilderness not quite yet invaded by American mechanization. Their images of the American landscape helped to create an idea of nationhood, a sense of the greatness of the continent. Highly recommended for all levels. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Princeton Univ. Press, 282p. illus. notes. bibliog. index., Ages 12 to adult.