America's Eden: Newport Landscapes Through the Ages

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In 1789, Jedidiah Morse proclaimed Newport, Rhode Island, and its environs the "Eden of America" in American Geography. Legendary landscape architects, such as Frederick Law Olmsted, created dramatic gardens by the sea, and leading artists and writers, including John Frederick Kensett, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Thornton Wilder, cast the city as a verdant arcadia in painting, poetry, and prose. America's Eden: Newport Landscapes Through the Ages builds on the city's iconic reputation as a centuries-old paradise and reveals Newport as a cultural landscape of national significance.

This comprehensive history from European settlement in the seventeenth century to the present day is illustrated with a treasure trove of rare period maps, paintings, phtographs, and landscape planning documents. A rich story of art, history, design, and horticulture awaits readers among the gardens, gazebos, and great trees of Newport.