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The American country house
Aslet, Clive, 1955-
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Publication Information:
New Haven : Yale University Press, 1990.
Physical Description:
vii, 302 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
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NA7561 .A81 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Describes the grand country houses built with American industrial fortunes from the end of the Civil War until 1940, including the Vanderbilts' Biltmore, the Rockefellers' Kykuit, the Duponts' Winterthur, and William Randolph Hearst's San Simeon.

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Library Journal Review

Aslet's photo-rich look at the country estates of America's old money cost $65 when it debuted in 1990. This first paperback offers the same text and illustrations. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Considered an architectural historian for his efforts with The Last Country House (CH, Mar'83) and Quinlan Terry: The Revival of Architecture (1986), Aslet is probably best known as the deputy editor of Country Life. In this latest effort he describes the great country houses built with US industrial fortunes from the end of the Civil War to the beginnings of WW II. His fascination with the seldom-discussed "Country House" architectural style on both sides of the Atlantic is evident, as he takes readers on a tour of outstanding examples of the conspicuous consumption of the American upper classes in their golden age. The book draws upon writings of contemporaries to evoke the life of the buildings and the eccentricities of the owners and architects. It is generously sprinkled with illustrations, details, plans, and many breathtaking color photographs. The audience for this book is not only academic and public library users, but includes anyone who ever dreamed of living in a grand house. For review of a related title see Mark Alan Hewitt, The Architect and The American Country House, 1890-1940 (CH, Dec'90). -R. P. Meden, Marymount University