The Lawn: A History of an American Obsession

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Price
$19.95  $18.55
Publisher
Smithsonian Books
Publish Date
Pages
272
Dimensions
6.04 X 9.02 X 0.67 inches | 0.99 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781560984061
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About the Author

Virginia Scott Jenkins is a scholar in residence at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Maryland.

Reviews

"Virginia Scott Jenkins shows that this uniquely American landscape form is not a native one: indigenous New World grasses were munched into extinction by the colonists' Old World livestock, and the very concept of the lawn was borrowed from the romantic English parks of Capability Brown and from the French tapis vert. The gradual suburbanization and the shaming tactics of appearance-minded neighbors led America to become completely besotted with grass--and lawn care."--New Yorker

"Jenkins makes a convincing argument that the military metaphors used by advertisers and lawn care experts alike were part of a male viewpoint that saw nature as something to be 'controlled and mastered.' This summer could be much more fun if readers ignore their own lawns and stick to Jenkins's."--Publishers Weekly