From Bauhaus to Our House. Tom Wolfe.
From Bauhaus to Our House
From Bauhaus to Our House

From Bauhaus to Our House

ISBN: 0374158924
New York, NY: Farrar Strauss Giroux, 1981. First Edition. Hardcover. "This has been the American century...the epoch in which a young giant achieves tremendous military and economic power and flexes its muscles, bursting with energy and exuberance and wallowing in excess. And what architecture does America have to show for it? An architecture whose tenets prohibit every manifestation of exuberance, power, or even high spirits, as the height of bad taste...once again (Tom) Wolfe shows how social and intellectual fashions have determined aesthetic form in our time and how willingly the creators have abandoned personal vision and originality in order to work a la mode." (from front & back flaps) The great commentary-treatise on mid-twentieth century American architecture, its forebears, influences & misguided philosophies, by Tom Wolfe (1930-2018), the great American author who essentially invented the genre of New Journalism, which paralleled the Gonzo Journalism of Hunter S. Thompson. With many photographs of buildings & the architects who guided us from the Bauhaus in Weimar Germany to our houses, schools, retail outlets, offices & public structures from sea to shining sea. Offered here is the first edition, hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first printing as stated on copyright page. Found & retained between rear endpaper & cover is a copy of the review for this book from the Wall Street Journal issue of November 20, 1981 by Mauela Hoelterhoff, then the Journal's arts editor, copied onto both sides of a single sheet & folded neatly into four panels. A prophetic, now-classic work in the canon of one of the most probing, dazzling & hilarious commentators on American culture (in this case its built environment & how we got there); a very desirable rarity in exceptionally fine condition: Book with only a tiny, barely discernible amount of occasional light wear & fading at edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; otherwise virtually mint inside & out. Dust jacket with only slightest rubbing & a few short, faint scratches to front, back covers & spine; very light wear & a few miniscule bumps at edges & corners; slight browning to blank margins of flaps. Ephemera in very fine condition, folded as noted above. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #3475]

Price: $80.00