Walks and Talks of an American Farmer in England

Walks and Talks of an American Farmer in England

by Frederick Law Law Olmsted
     
 

ISBN-10: 1558493794

ISBN-13: 9781558493797

Pub. Date: 01/03/2003

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press

"Before he ever dreamed of becoming a landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) visited southern England and Wales during a month-long walking tour. A gifted writer, he recorded his impressions of the trip in a richly detailed volume, first published in 1852 and reprinted here in its entirety. "In Walks and Talks," writes Charles C. McLaughlin, author of…  See more details below

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"Before he ever dreamed of becoming a landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) visited southern England and Wales during a month-long walking tour. A gifted writer, he recorded his impressions of the trip in a richly detailed volume, first published in 1852 and reprinted here in its entirety. "In Walks and Talks," writes Charles C. McLaughlin, author of the new introduction, "Olmsted is reporter, social analyst, narrator, dramatist, scene-painter, and humorist, employing a wide range of modes and styles to give us the sights, sounds, and mental impressions of rural England in 1850."" "The introduction clarifies the links between Olmsted's developing picturesque aesthetic, social conscience, and reformer's passion for change. McLaughlin offers a persuasive argument that Olmsted would come to adapt many of the features of the cultivated English countryside - first seen on this trip - in designed landscapes such as New York's Central Park." This edition provides extensive annotations to the original text, furnishing background and context to the people and places Olmsted encountered during his journey. McLaughlin's notes are based on his own trips through England, undertaken over the past two decades to retrace the author's original route.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558493797
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date:
01/03/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 2.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Reprint Editionix
List of Donorsxiii
Acknowledgmentsxv
Introduction to the Reprint Editionxix
Notes to the Introductionlvii
Walks and Talks of an American Farmer in England1
Volume 17
Volume 2247
A Pilgrimage (from the 1859 edition)431
Appendix A435
Appendix B447
Appendix C449
Appendix D457
Editor's Notes463
Index515

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