The Language of Houses: How Buildings Speak to Us

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Price
$25.95
Publisher
Delphinium Books
Publish Date
Pages
304
Dimensions
6.35 X 9.39 X 1.12 inches | 0.01 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781883285609
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About the Author

Alison Lurie (1926-2020) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning author of fiction and nonfiction. Born in Chicago and raised in White Plains, New York, she joined the English department at Cornell University in 1970, where she taught courses on children's literature, among others. Her first novel, Love and Friendship (1962), is a story of romance and deception among the faculty of a snowbound New England college. It won favorable reviews and established her as a keen observer of love in academia. It was followed by the well-received The Nowhere City (1966) and The War Between the Tates (1974). In 1984, she published Foreign Affairs, her best-known novel, which traces the erotic entanglements of two American professors in England. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1985. Her most recent novel is The Last Resort (1998). In addition to her novels, Lurie's interest in children's literature led to three collections of folk tales and two critical studies of the genre. Lurie officially retired from Cornell in 1998, but continued to teach and write in the years following. In 2012, she was awarded a two-year term as the official author of the state of New York.

Reviews

"Lurie maintains a light touch with such damning observations. . . One of the book's best chapters treats public high schools. . . .its insights into our vanity, and capacity for almost negligent public construction, are ripe for the gleaning."--Boston Globe
"The Language of Houses .... makes a powerful argument that how we choose to order the space we live and work in reveals far more about us.... full of mischievous apercus, and Ms. Lurie at her best is bracingly subversive....a mine of adroit observation, uncovering apparently humdrum details to reveal their unexpected, and occasionally poignant, human meaning."--Wall Street Journal
" The Language of Houses has every quality you would expect from a work by Alison Lurie: intelligence, authority, wit and charm."--Louis Begley
"Alison Lurie, in her lucid, jargon-free way, allows us to read what architecture is saying. She has culled the best ideas from a vast secondary literature and passed it all through the sieve of her brilliant mind."--Edmund White, author of Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris
"There's much to absorb in this sequel to Alison Lurie's The Language of Clothes, but The Language of Houses is an extraordinarily absorbing book--it wears its learning lightly, holding this reader's attention the way a fine novel does. I was particularly fascinated by the linked chapters on religious buildings and museums."--James McConkey, author of Court of Memory
". . . a book meticulously packed with facts, paradoxes and observations. . . . a rich compendium of information, exploring how we inhabit our homes, our offices and our places of learning, leisure and worship, from every conceivable angle, in neatly organized chapters addressing each category of building."--Seattle Times