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[A]n important book…An excellent introduction surveys Olmsted’s life and work and provides a general context for the well-chosen essays…Highly recommended. (S. Hammer - CHOICE)

[A]n ideal reference for students and professionals. (Landscape Architecture)

[A]n important addition to Olmsted literature in print. (National Association for Olmsted Parks)

Olmsted, the most recognized landscape architects in United States history and the author of these papers, was celebrated as a member of the literati, way before he was connected with the field of landscape design. Historian Robert Twombly examines this background and Olmsted’s work, bringing the reader’s attention to some insightful remarks that put a different slant on this revered figure. (Current Books and Reviews, Chicago Botanic Garden)

With this definitive new anthology, readers can delve into Olmsted’s personal thoughts on cities, urban parks, residential sites, and his theory of landscape architecture. These timeless writings have meaning for Olmsted’s era and our own. (Lillian Civantos - Contract Magazine's "Talk Contract" blog)

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Robert Twombly teaches at the Spitzer School of Architecture, The City College, New York City. He lives in West Nyack, New York.

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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (August 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393733106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393733105
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #959,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An indispensable guide to the writings of Frederick Law Olmsted from his early thoughts on landscaping a residence to his perspective on his contribution to the design of the Chicago's World Fair.The volume clearly elucidates Olmsted's clear prose that first brought him to the attention of literary and intellectual NY before he designed Central Park with Calvert Vaux. It it not until the last third of the book that we are presented with Olmsted's reflections on larger scale parks and their place in society. While I think it is an excellent volume, Olmsted does not reach the heights of observation and insight that illuminate a "Journey Through Texas" But for landscape architects, it is an excellent introduction to the writings of one of the greats.
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By George T Ford on April 24, 2014
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FLO is my new hero. A thorough look at a one of the men who made America. I can hardly wait to see Biltmore and Prospect Park again.
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By Patrick on November 1, 2013
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Interesting history of city design. Required reading for urban planning class. Give a good account of park design and cities.
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