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The California Days of Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the spring of 1871, Ralph Waldo Emerson boarded a train in Concord, Massachusetts, bound for a month-and-a-half-long tour of California—an interlude that became one of the highlights of his life. Emerson and his companions would take in breathtaking vistas in the Rockies and along the Pacific Coast, speak with a young John Muir in the Yosemite Valley, stop off in Salt Lake City for a meeting with Brigham Young, and encounter a diversity of communities and cultures that would challenge their Yankee prejudices.

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A Union Like Ours

After a chance meeting aboard the ocean liner Paris in 1924, Harvard University scholar and activist F. O. Matthiessen and artist Russell Cheney fell in love and remained inseparable until Cheney’s death in 1945. During the intervening years, the men traveled throughout Europe and the United States, achieving great professional success while contending with serious personal challenges, including addiction, chronic disease, and severe depression. Scott Bane tells the remarkable story of their relationship in the context of shifting social dynamics in the United States.

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Wild Intelligence

Wild Intelligence traces a new history of information management, examining the privately assembled collections of poets and their knowledge-building practices at midcentury. Taking up case studies of four poets who began writing during the 1950s and 1960s, including Charles Olson, Diane di Prima, Gerrit Lansing, and Audre Lorde, Kinniburgh shows that the postwar American poet’s library can be looked upon as an archival resource that reveals how poets managed knowledge in a growing era of information overload.

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Exactitude

While themes of sustainability, performance, and formal innovation have been at the forefront of architectural scholarship for the past twenty years, this book moves beyond these concerns to explore the theoretical and practical demands exactitude makes on architecture as a field. Featuring new work by leading theorists, historians, editors, architects, and scholars, this volume brings theory and practice into insightful and productive conversations.

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