The Beach: The History of Paradise on Earth

The Beach: The History of Paradise on Earth

by Lena Lencek, Gideon Bosker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0670880957

ISBN-13: 9780670880959

Pub. Date: 06/01/1998

Publisher: Viking Adult

In their illuminating account, Lena Lencek and Gideon Bosker chart the evolution of the seaside from a wasteland at the margins of civilization - when "exotic" meant remote and terrifying - to its present role as a staging ground for escape and recreation. Embedded in the story are the histories of sexuality, health, fashion, and sport, as well as accounts of the…  See more details below

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In their illuminating account, Lena Lencek and Gideon Bosker chart the evolution of the seaside from a wasteland at the margins of civilization - when "exotic" meant remote and terrifying - to its present role as a staging ground for escape and recreation. Embedded in the story are the histories of sexuality, health, fashion, and sport, as well as accounts of the development of beach architecture (and beachwear, naturally) and the rise of the great resorts, whose very names - Brighton, St. Tropez, Newport, Miami Beach - are synonymous with pleasure. The beach is also where Columbus, Cook, and Bougainville first set eyes on the "other," where the D-Day troops invaded France, and where the first postwar atomic bomb was exploded. Discover how the beach has become the symbolic place where each wave of inhabitants can make real its own idea of paradise.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670880959
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Publication date:
06/01/1998
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.07(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Forewordxiii
Introductionxix
CHAPTER 1: No Man and the Sea1
CHAPTER 2: The Beach of Antiquity25
CHAPTER 3: Poised for the Plunge45
CHAPTER 4. Revolution on the Beach70
CHAPTER 5: Spirituality and Romance Come to the Beach93
CHAPTER 6: The Discreet Charms of the Bourgeois Beach113
CHAPTER 7: The Pleasure Beach139
CHAPTER 8: Swimmingly at the Beach172
CHAPTER 9: Sun on the Beach196
CHAPTER 10: Engineering Paradise223
CHAPTER 11: Castaways246
CHAPTER 12: Paradise Found (and Lost)267
Paradises by the Sea289
Bibliography293
Index305

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