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Lewis Mumford: A Life

Lewis Mumford: A Life

by Donald L. Miller
     
 

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Malcolm Cowley called Lewis Mumford "the last of the great humanists," and indeed, in more than six decades of writing, Mumford made contributions to history, philosophy, literature, art, architectural criticism, and urban planning. The author of some thirty books, Mumford produced a body of work almost unequaled in the twentieth century for its range and richness.

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Malcolm Cowley called Lewis Mumford "the last of the great humanists," and indeed, in more than six decades of writing, Mumford made contributions to history, philosophy, literature, art, architectural criticism, and urban planning. The author of some thirty books, Mumford produced a body of work almost unequaled in the twentieth century for its range and richness. A New York Times Notable Book, Donald Miller's engagingly written biography reveals Mumford's full and fascinating life. Based on ten years of research and unprecedented access to original and private papers, Miller penetrates Mumford's reserved public persona and takes in the complete man, his works as well as his days, as he struggles to transform the world -- and his own life -- in decades marked by unparalleled change. "Miller is an excellent critical guide to Mumford's voluminous writing." -- The New Yorker "A gracefully written biography." -- Francesca McKeon, San Francisco Chronicle "With this large, large-spirited life of Lewis Mumford ... Miller takes his place in the first rank of contemporary American biographers." -- David McCullough

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Library Journal
This extensive biography, written with access to Mumford's private and personal papers, discusses his books and thoughts on cities, city and regional planning, culture, civilization, and humanism. But the key focus is on the intimate details of his personal development, particularly his struggles with his rigid, highly disciplined personality, and his sexual life, especially the affairs that brought him emotional release and fed his creative energies but threatened his marriage. While Miller is revealing, sympathetic, and reasonable on these latter aspects of Mumford's life, he treats Mumford's ideas in rather simple fashion, largely omitting current thinking on key issues and only rarely and briefly quoting directly from his works. (When Mumford is quoted, he lights up the page.) Extensive and useful, but less penetrating than one might hope.-- Richard Kuczkowski, Dominican Coll., Blauvelt, N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802139344
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Series:
Grove Great Lives Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
628
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)

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