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The machine in the garden : technology and the pastoral ideal in America
Marx, Leo, 1919-
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Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
414 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
Originally published: 1964.

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E169.1 .M35 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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For over four decades, Leo Marx's work has focused on the relationship between technology and culture in 19th- and 20th-century America. His research helped to define--and continues to give depth to--the area of American studies concerned with the links between scientific and technologicaladvances, and the way society and culture both determine these links. The Machine in the Garden fully examines the difference between the "pastoral" and "progressive" ideals which characterized early 19th-century American culture, and which ultimately evolved into the basis for much of theenvironmental and nuclear debates of contemporary society. This new edition is appearing in celebration of the 35th anniversary of Marx's classic text. It features a new afterword by the author on the process of writing this pioneering book, a work that all but founded the discipline now called American Studies.

Author Notes

Scholar, writer and educator Leo Marx was educated at Harvard University, where he received a B. A. and a Ph. D.

Marx taught at the University of Minnesota, Amherst College, and MIT. The school has also created the Leo Marx Career Development Professorship in the History and Culture of Science and Technology to honor his service.

Marx's works, such as "The Machine in the Garden," explore the relationship between technology and culture in the past two centuries.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

I Sleepy Hollow, 1844p. 3
II Shakespeare's American Fablep. 34
III The Gardenp. 73
IV The Machinep. 145
V Two Kingdoms of Forcep. 227
VI Epilogue: The Garden of Ashesp. 354
Afterwordp. 367
Notesp. 387
Acknowledgmentsp. 407
Indexp. 409