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Author Wilmerding, John.

Title Compass and clock : defining moments in American culture : 1800, 1850, 1900.

Published New York ; London : Harry N. Abrams, 1999.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Store  973.5 WILM MF12    AVAILABLE
Physical description 256 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 26 cm
Contents Introduction: Clockwise America 20 -- Prologue: Articulating Independence 25 -- Part 1. Circa 1800: Expanding Horizons 39 -- Ideas, Individuals, and Issues 40 -- Jefferson's Visions 53 -- Peales: Painting and Science 66 -- Noah Webster and American Language 79 -- Part 2. Circa 1850: Apex and Apogee 85 -- Paradoxes of Tension and Calm 86 -- Painters' Illuminations: Lane, Bingham, and Church 106 -- Writers' Renaissance: Melville, Thoreau, and Whitman 127 -- Architect's Abstractions: Robert Mills 148 -- Part 3. Circa 1900: Disorientation 155 -- Memoirs, Music, and Meditations 156 -- Inner Sight: Saint-Gaudens, Homer, Peto, and Eakins 184 -- Self as History and Literature: Henry Adams 215 -- New Century's New Energies 226 -- Epilogue: Circa 2000 239.
Summary In this provocative book, a prominent art historian discusses the evolution of American culture -- literature, art, architecture, and music -- during the 19th century as the nation expanded and matured.
John Wilmerding focuses on three turning points -- around 1800, when America began to find its identity as a republic; the mid-century, a self-confident period of prosperity and growth; and the century's close, a time of anxiety over profound changes in the psychological and physical dimensions of life. The author provides stimulating analyses of the masterworks of these periods -- from Walden and Moby-Dick to the paintings of Thomas Eakins and Winslow Homer -- finding common threads and complementary expressions among the images writers and visual artists alike used to convey the mood and vision of each distinctive era.
Subject Space and time.
Space and time in literature.
Space and time in art.
American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Art, American -- History -- 19th century.
Architecture, American -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- Intellectual life -- 1783-1865.
United States -- Intellectual life -- 1865-1918.
United States -- Civilization -- 19th century.
ISBN 0810940965 £28.00