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The Mauve Decade American Life at the End of the Nineteenth Century
The Mauve Decade American Life at the End of the Nineteenth Century Author:Thomas Beer The Mauve Decade - American Life and the End of the Nineteenth Century by Thomas Beer with an Introduction by Frank Freidel (Professor of History, Harvard University) — In a book charged with vitality and lacking no detail that is was possible to gather from books, unpublished letters or journals, and word-of-mouth tradition, Thomas Beer presents... more » the morals, politics, society, and literature of the 1880's and 90's in America -- and dramatizes them all. Among the figures portrayed in thse brilliant pages are Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Hanna, Eleanora Duse, Joseph Conrad, Ambrose Bierce, Stephen Crane, Stanford White, Anna Held, J. Peirpont Morgan, Henry George, Oscar WIlde and William Graham Sumner.
"What Beer brought into our letters was an aristocratic sense of precision, of intellectual balance and moral poise, and above all, a standard fo exacting craftmanship that too few of our writers have prossessed." -- Lewis Mumford in the Saturday Review.« less