Brooklyn Bridge by Alan Trachtenberg
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Brooklyn Bridge
By Alan Trachtenberg

Brooklyn Bridge

Fact and Symbol 2nd

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Brooklyn Bridge by Alan Trachtenberg

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Fourteen of Walker Evans's evocative photographs of Brooklyn Bridge, most of which have never been published, appear in this edition of Alan Trachenberg's "Brooklyn Bridge: Fact and Symbol." In the new afterword Trachenberg explores the history of Hart Crane's "The Bridge," especially the poem's integral relationship with the powerful photography of Evans. "[Brooklyn Bridge] is familiar in so many movies, in so many stage sets and, as Mr. Trachtenberg shows in this brilliant . . . book, it is at least as much a symbol as a reality. . . . Mr. Trachtenberg is always exciting and illuminating." "Times Literary Supplement ""The book isa skillful and insightful synthesis of materials about Brooklyn Bridge from such diverse fields as history, engineering, literature and art. Essentially it asks the question of why Brooklyn Bridge achieved such great impact on the nineteenth century American imagination and why it has continued to have a significant impact on twentieth century art and literature. In addition to its exploration of the bridge's symbolic significance, which includes perceptive analyses of such particular works as Hart Crane's great poem cycle and the paintings of artists like Joseph Stella, the book also includes a solidly researched account of the conception, planning and construction of the bridge. Trachtenberg's account of the intellectual and cultural sources of the bridge is particularly fascinating in its demonstration of the convergence of many different philosophical and ideological currents of the time around this great engineering enterprise, illustrating as effectively as any discussion I know the complex interplay of ideas and material culture." John G. Cawelti, University of Chicago "Alan Trachtenberg's "Brooklyn Bridge" is a fascinating story, the philosophic genesis of the idea in Europe, John Roebling's heroic effort to translate it into masonry and steel, and the meanings that Americans attached to the physical object as an emblem of their aspirations." Leo Marx, Amherst College, author of "The Machine in the Garden""

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226811154
ISBN-10: 0226811158
Format: Paperback
(278mm x 154mm x 14mm)
Pages: 216
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1979
Country of Publication: United States

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Ransoming Mathew Brady by Alan Trachtenberg Ransoming Mathew Brady, Hardback (January 2010)

The photographs Mathew Brady made have long served to illustrate an era in American history, most notably his portraits of Abraham Lincoln and the images from the Civil War battlefields he captured. In a series of oils, watercolours, and prose, the author portrays the complexity of nineteenth-century photographer, Mathew Brady.

Lincoln's Smile and Other Enigmas by Alan Trachtenberg Lincoln's Smile and Other Enigmas, Paperback / softback (January 2007)

Original publication and copyright date: 2007.

Walker Evans by Alan Trachtenberg Walker Evans, Hardback (September 2006)

Walker Evans' work was spread over forty-six fitful and prolific years, yet in a scant two years, 1935-1936, he produced a singular body of work that defined his career. This volume presents those seminal images as a comprehensive body and in chronological order.

Mike Disfarmer by Alan Trachtenberg Mike Disfarmer, Hardback (March 2006)

Presents the vintage prints of Mike Disfarmer, one of America's greatest portraitists. For a half century Disfarmer was the people's photographer of Heber Springs, Arkansas. He made studio portraits at pennies a picture to satisfy his rural clients, yet he was an odd genius who created a style of portraiture all his own.

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US Kirkus Review » The Brooklyn Bridge is many things to many people. It stands as a remarkable monument to the courage and perseverance of the Roeblings, father and son, whose lives it took in the making. To artists and writers, it stands as an inspiration. Alan Trachtenberg has researched with loving care the facts about the Brooklyn Bridge, its conception and building by the Roeblings, the obstacles overcome in completing the structure, not the least of which was Good Old Boss Tweed. After the facts comes the symbol, and the results in literature. The final chapter deals at some length with Hart Crane's epic poem "The Bridge." The evident feeling of the author for his subject informs his writing about it. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Alan Trachtenberg

Alan Trachtenberg is professor of American studies and English at Yale University.

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