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