Compass and Clock: Defining Moments in American Culture

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Title Compass and Clock: Defining Moments in American Culture
ISBN 0810940965
Author Wilmerding, John
Keywords United,States,--,Civilization,--,19th,century,,Space,and,time,,Space,and,time,in,literature,,Space,and,time,in,art,,United,States,--,Intellectual,life,--,1783-1865,,United,States,--,Intellectual,life,--,1865-1918,,American,literature,--,19th,century,--,Hi
Binding Hardcover
Publisher Harry N. Abrams
Publisher Year 1999
Condition Fine
Description 0810940965 As a professor at Princeton University, visiting curator at the Metropolitan Museum, and former deputy director of the National Gallery, John Wilmerding has established himself as a preeminent scholar of American art history. In his current work, Compass and Clock: Defining Moments in American Culture, Wilmerding steps beyond the parameters of the strictly art-historical and offers a fresh perspective on American intellectual history. Compass and Clock focuses on three turning points in American history, the years around 1800, 1850, and 1900, and examines how their literary, architectural, and art-historical forces synergize and embody the mood of the expanding and maturing nation. Placing important works of literature, architecture, and visual arts in their cultural context, Wilmerding skillfully demonstrates how America expressed itself as it evolved as a nation in the 19th century. For example, by juxtaposing close readings of Melville


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