The Puzzle of Antiurbanism in Classic American Literature

  • Leo Marx
Part of the Environment, Development, and Public Policy book series (EDPC)

Abstract

Whenever American attitudes toward the city are under discussion we are likely to hear a familiar note of puzzlement. We hear it, for instance, near the end of the influential study by Morton and Lucia White, The Intellectual versus the City: From Thomas Jefferson to Frank Lloyd Wright. After making their case for the centrality of antiurban motives in American thought and expression, the Whites invite us to share their perplexity. “How shall we explain this persistent distrust of the American city?” they ask. “Surely it is puzzling, or should be.”1

Keywords

Sugar Europe Beach Smoke Posit 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Leo Marx
    • 1
  1. 1.Program in Science, Technology, and SocietyMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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