Shaker: Life, Work, Art

Shaker: Life, Work, Art

by June Sprigg, David Larkin, Michael Freeman
     
 
The Shakers were nineteenth-century America's largest and best known communal utopian society. By 1840, nearly six thousand celibate Brothers and Sisters lived and worked in eighteen communities from Maine to Kentucky. The Shakers were famous for their unusual way of life, for the excellence and simplicity of their work, and for the dance worship that gave them

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The Shakers were nineteenth-century America's largest and best known communal utopian society. By 1840, nearly six thousand celibate Brothers and Sisters lived and worked in eighteen communities from Maine to Kentucky. The Shakers were famous for their unusual way of life, for the excellence and simplicity of their work, and for the dance worship that gave them their name. Today only a handful are left, but the Shaker legacy of equality and communalism lives in the creations they left behind and in Shaker: Life, Work and Art, the first and best-selling full-color book on this remarkable society.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Shakers or Believers, a celibate 19th century utopian community, have deeded their tradition of simplicity to American culture, most notably in the functional design of their daily routine. Today, Shaker boxes and furnishings are prized collectibles. In this handsomely designed and lavishly illustrated (200 color photographs) survey of Shaker communities, the full flowering of founder Ann Lee's dissidence from the Anglican Church may be viewed. Once numbering nearly 6,000 members, today fewer than a dozen brethren and sisters remain in two of the original 19 communities; Canterbury, N.H., and Sabbathday Lake, Maine. The even tenor of willingly regulated lives is evoked in the hour-by-hour inventory of a Shaker's day that opens the book. Then follows a simply written history of communal life centered on excellent, simple work and dance worship. Photographs of Shaker handiworkoval boxes, chairs, angel foodcapture this essence. BOMC featured bonus; Better Homes & Gardens Crafts Club selection; Interior Design Book Club bonus selection. (September 28)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765117731
Publisher:
Smithmark Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/28/2000
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
9.36(w) x 11.34(h) x 0.86(d)

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