Grand Luxe: The Transatlantic Style

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``Barely a century old, yet already afloat in the distant past.'' Brinnin ( The Sway of the Grand Saloon ) and Gaulin (designer and free-lance writer) here celebrate, in approximately 300 pictures and a lucid, entertaining text, the glory days of the luxury liner. Opulence at sea, we learn, began in the 1880s when Johannes Poppe, a German architect, placed traditional, land-based decoration aboard his ships, changing ocean crossings ``from ordeals to be endured into pleasures to be savored.'' Reproducing period pictures, postcards, shipboard menus, advertising copy and press releases, the authors affectionately and playfully re-create ``50 years of extravagance and folie de grandeur ,'' as the great international linersthe Queen Mary , Normandie , Berengaria , Leviathan , etc.each fitted out according to a different idea of what their socially prominent passengers required, sail through the pages of this heftily priced book. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Heavily illustrated, chiefly with contemporary advertising images, this book breezily surveys the luxury ocean liners that made the transatlantic run from 1880 to 1940. Its focus is on luxury and the competition among companies and countries for prestige and speed; other books have more photographs of the ships but do not portray in such detail the society that made them the summit of technology and luxury. Brinnin, who dealt with this topic in his earlier Sway of the Grand Saloon (1971) , here offers a well-written account that has the glossy attraction of expensive advertising, albeit with a substantial amount of fact in the ship-by-ship narrative. For general audiences.Jack Perry Brown, Ryerson & Burnham Lib., Art Inst. of Chicago
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805008999
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000

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