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The wave of recent attention to Edith Wharton as an arbiter of taste and correct usage in the making of domestic interior rooms and to Ogden Codman, Jr., as a revivalist architect of the first rank has made their reputations in those fields seem more secure than ever. Yet the original text of The Decoration of Houses continues without revision as an authentic classic; it can be argued that this book is the most important of its kind ever published. Its carefully reasoned chapters on such aspects of house interiors as fireplaces, ceilings and floors, halls and stairs, are of greatest value to professionals and serious amateurs concerned with interiors. This revised edition of "Wharton-Codman" includes several new features appended to the original text which indicate that the ideals of the authors have a lively continuing tradition - not only in private homes but in important new public interiors. In his introduction, Henry Hope Reed assays the current importance of The Decoration of Houses. And in a revealing and useful adaptation of a classroom lecture, the architect Alvin Holm carefully advises students (and others who may use this book) as to the best employment of The Decoration of Houses as a textbook.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780393008401
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/1978
  • Series: Leisure Class in America Series
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 9.24 (w) x 5.85 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton (1862–1937) was an American novelist, short story writer, and designer. Nominated three times for the Nobel Prize in Literature, she received the Pulitzer Prize for The Age of Innocence in 1921. Wharton drew upon her privileged social position to create witty and psychologically insightful novels and short stories.
Ogden Codman, Jr. (1863–1951) was a noted American architect and interior decorator in the Beaux-Arts tradition. His many famous designs include Wharton's residences Land's End and The Mount as well as her Park Avenue townhouse; the Vanderbilts' Newport home, The Breakers; and the Codman-Davis House in Washington, D.C.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Edith Newbold Jones Wharton (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 24, 1862
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Death:
      August 11, 1937
    2. Place of Death:
      Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, France

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introductory Notes
In the American Public Building - The Classical Interior Par Excellence
Text of The Decoration of Houses 1
Color Plates 193
A Portfolio of Pictures of Interiors and Details/Done According to the Canon of The Decoration of Houses 209
Books Consulted 239
The Critical Essays
The Decoration of Houses as a Practical Handbook 243
The Genesis of a Classic 256
The Decoration of Houses as a Basic Text 276
Notes 280
Index 285
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