By Frederick Law Olmsted
Frederick legislations Olmsted (1822-1903) used to be a journalist and panorama clothier who's considered as the founding father of American panorama structure: his most renowned success used to be relevant Park in long island, of which he grew to become the superintendent in 1857, yet he additionally labored at the layout of parks in lots of different burgeoning American towns, and was once referred to as via Charles Eliot Norton 'the maximum artist that the United States has but produced'. His A trip within the Seaboard Slave States used to be initially released in 1856, and arose from trips within the south which Olmsted, a passionate abolitionist, had undertaken in 1853-4. This variation was once released in volumes in 1904, with the addition of a biographical comic strip by means of his son and an creation by means of William P. Trent. It abounds in interesting and witty descriptions of Olmsted's encounters and reviews in a society which was once at the verge of overwhelming swap.
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After 1875, one partner was Frederick Law Olmsted xxv always his stepson and nephew, John C. Olmsted, whom he brought up and regarded as a son, and later he was joined by his pupils, H. S. Codman and Charles Eliot, both of whom were soon cut off in their prime. During the twenty years following 1875, he took a controlling part in the design of thirty-seven public pleasure grounds, twelve suburban districts, and four town sites; the grounds of seventeen educational institutions, fifteen public or semi-public buildings, and twelve considerable private estates; and had to do with a large range and number of minor problems.
That he did not succeed in removing from his book all traces of its newspaper origin, any more than he could always preserve a perfect poise of temper, cannot, it is true, be denied; but that he wrote clearly and forcibly and interestingly needs scarcely to be affirmed after the testimony of Lowell and Mr. Morley. Perhaps not a few readers will be tempted to skip the numerous pages dealing with technically agricultural matters; but if they do so, they will miss, not only some excellent descriptions of scenery, but also much that is specially characteristic of our author's mind and of his attitude toward social and political life.
Rhodes has found no reason to dissent from the favorable opinion with regard to our author's acuteness and honesty of observation expressed by such contemporaries as his friend, George William Curtis and James Russell Lowell, the latter of whom had sufficient prescience to anticipate Mr. Morley's after-the-event comparison with Arthur Young's famous work. Let us now turn from the reception given A Journey in the Seaboard Slave States at the time of its publication to a consideration of the book itself.