Hudson Valley Lives: Writings from the 17th Century to the Present

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The Hudson Valley in New York State has captured the imagination of an extraordinary number of America's most significant thinkers and writers from the time of the early Dutch settlers to the present day. This superb, one-of-a-kind collection brings together pieces by Henry James, Washington Irving, John Burroughs, Lewis Mumford, Carl Carmer, Roland Van Zandt, Alf Evers and many others, writing on subjects as diverse as flyfishing and Shaker chairs and including recent essays on current concerns including the ...
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Overview

The Hudson Valley in New York State has captured the imagination of an extraordinary number of America's most significant thinkers and writers from the time of the early Dutch settlers to the present day. This superb, one-of-a-kind collection brings together pieces by Henry James, Washington Irving, John Burroughs, Lewis Mumford, Carl Carmer, Roland Van Zandt, Alf Evers and many others, writing on subjects as diverse as flyfishing and Shaker chairs and including recent essays on current concerns including the Storm King controversy and other conservation stand-offs in the region. In her introduction, Bonnie Marranca writes: "What makes a Hudson Valley life different from any other life? It begins with knowing where you live." These narratives provide a glimpse of a particular life at a particular time, vastly different in voice and perspective; the common ground joining these lives over the centuries is a strong sense of "knowing where you live." Through these essays, the travelers, artists, inventors, writers, statesmen, scientists and historians who have made this celebrated region their home speak of a shared heritage to Hudson Valley residents and travelers of the present day.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780879514112
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 8/1/1992
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 1.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
I A Place in Time 1
The Hand of Man 3
The Value of Local History 19
Letters from the American Revolution 26
The Genius of the Scene 37
Radio Address on Election Eve 47
II Lives of the People 53
Rolling to Hyorky from the Catskill Shore 55
Riverside Shakespeare 63
Sketching the Hudson 67
Libertymen's Declaration of Independence 71
The Duke's Laws, An Act for Regulating of Slaves 74
Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist, No. 1 78
The North River Steam Boat 84
Articles of the Peace 89
The Capture and Execution of Major John Andre 96
Rip Van Winkle 110
III Houses and Gardens 129
A Visit to Montgomery Place 131
The Octagon House 143
Taking Up Land in New Netherland 150
Alteration of an Old House 158
The Highland Terrace 163
Shaker Chairs 171
May 1870 175
Livingston Houses 182
IV Seasons of the Traveler 189
Letter on the American People 191
The Third Voyage of Master Henry Hudson 200
Pine Orchard House 209
General Lafayette Returns to America 216
The Albany Legislature 230
West Point 237
Travel Books 245
The Setting 251
V Natural Histories 263
A Bird Medley 265
Apples 281
Fly-Fishing Near New York 287
June 1749 294
The Ashokan Reservoir Is Built 303
Gypsy Moths and Man 315
Selected Letters 327
Storm King Saved! 336
Of the Seasons 342
VI Regions of the Spirit 349
I Live in the Country 351
A Place for Regionalism? 359
Hudson River Sights 370
American Scenery 373
The Hudson River Valley: A Bioregional Story 386
Bibliography 395
Index 399
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