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Stanford White : Letters to His Family : Including a Selection of Letters to Augustus Saint-Gaudens
These letters and sketches by Stanford White were left by Lawrence Grant White, when he died in 1956. He had mounted them in beautiful leather-bound books, each impetuously scribbled letter accompanied by a typewritten transcription. It was so obviously the labor of love and admiration of a son for his father that this alone made them precious.
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published June 15th 1997 by Rizzoli
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So....I picked up Stanford White: Letters to His Family by Claire Nicholas White (ed) primarily because it had the all-important word "white" in the title and I seem to have a difficult time finding "white" books to read for my Color-Coded Challenge. Also, it was one of the shorter "white" books available and I was hoping for a quick read. White was a fairly well-known American architect who was a member of the firm which designed a fair number of NYC buildings. There's not a lot to say about ...more
The problem with this type of book (there's a similar Eric Mendelsohn book) is the non-comprehensive nature of it. Showing presumably all extant letters, there are still huge gaps, somewhat giving the feeling that all of this exists in a vacuum. This one was a bit more comprehensive and better organized that the Mendelsohn version, and certainly exposed sundry interesting aspects (for instance, I assumed "nuff said" originated from some high school cheerleading squad in the mid 1980s, but ...more