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Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted
 
 
Author
Justin Martin.
Publisher DaCapo  
Format as is, hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches
ISBN 9780306818813
Pages/Publication Date 461/2011
Daedalus Item Code 30607
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Best remembered for his landscape architecture, from New York's Central Park and Boston's Emerald Necklace to Stanford University's campus, Frederick Law Olmsted was also an influential journalist, an early voice for the environment, and an abolitionist credited with helping dissuade England from joining the South in the Civil War. Yet his momentous career was shadowed by a tragic personal life, notes Justin Martin, who argues that Olmsted was, foremost, a social reformer. He didn't simply create public places that were beautiful in the abstract, says Martin; an intent to better the state of man stands behind Olmsted's designs, which has much to do with why his work survives to the present day. Also the biographer of Ralph Nader and Alan Greenspan, Martin restores Olmsted to his rightful place in the pantheon of great Americans, and finds his efforts to revitalize cities and provide green spaces all the more relevant today.

"The remarkable story of America's first, and still foremost, landscape architect.... Martin helps explain the driven, artistic temperament that informed the famed landscapes. He persuasively casts Olmsted as essentially a social reformer whose passion for meaningful work found its most complete expression in the creation of public spaces intended for the enjoyment of all. A revealing look at a still-underappreciated giant whose work touches posterity more intimately and more delightfully than many of his distinguished Civil War–era contemporaries."—Kirkus Reviews

 
 
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