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The English Folly

Author : Gwyn Headley,Wim Meulenkamp
Publisher : Liverpool University Press
Page : 260 pages
File Size : 47,7 Mb
Release : 2020-06-24
Category : Architecture
ISBN : 9781800346727

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The English Folly by Gwyn Headley,Wim Meulenkamp Pdf

If this were a novel, the tales of astounding wealth, sexual perversion, murder, munificence, rape, insanity, brutality, slavery, religious mania, selfishness, snobbery, charity, suicide, generosity, theft, madness, wickedness, failure and eccentricity which unfold in these pages would be too concentrated to allow for the willing suspension of disbelief. All these sins and virtues, and more, are displayed by the characters in this book, some exhibiting several of them simultaneously. Folly builders were not as we are. They never built what we now call follies. They built for beauty, utility, improvement; it is only we, struggling after them with our imperfect understanding, who dismiss their prodigious constructions as follies. Follies can be found around the world, but England is their spiritual home. Having written the definitive books on follies in Great Britain, Benelux and the USA, Headley & Meulenkamp have turned their attention to the folly builders themselves, people so blinded by fashion or driven by some nameless ideology that they expended great fortunes on making their point in brick, stone and flint. Most follies are simply misunderstood buildings, and this book studies the motives, characters, decisions and delusions of their builders. If there was madness in their building, fortunately there was no method in it.

The Praise of Folly

Author : Desiderius Erasmus
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 220 pages
File Size : 43,6 Mb
Release : 1913
Category : Folly
ISBN : UOM:39015047784684

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Follies in America

Author : Kerry Dean Carso
Publisher : Cornell University Press
Page : 213 pages
File Size : 48,9 Mb
Release : 2021-08-15
Category : Architecture
ISBN : 9781501755941

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Follies in America by Kerry Dean Carso Pdf

Follies in America examines historicized garden buildings, known as "follies," from the nation's founding through the American centennial celebration in 1876. In a period of increasing nationalism, follies—such as temples, summerhouses, towers, and ruins—brought a range of European architectural styles to the United States. By imprinting the land with symbols of European culture, landscape gardeners brought their idea of civilization to the American wilderness. Kerry Dean Carso's interdisciplinary approach in Follies in America examines both buildings and their counterparts in literature and art, demonstrating that follies provide a window into major themes in nineteenth-century American culture, including tensions between Jeffersonian agrarianism and urban life, the ascendancy of middle-class tourism, and gentility and social class aspirations.


Author : Laurie R. King
Publisher : Bantam
Page : 434 pages
File Size : 47,7 Mb
Release : 2002-05-28
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9780553381511

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Folly by Laurie R. King Pdf

An acclaimed master of suspense creates a heroine you will never forget in this superbly chilling novel of a woman who begins a desperate undertaking that may transform her life--or end it. WHAT HAPPENS IF YOUR WORST FEARS AREN’T ALL IN YOUR MIND? Rae Newborn is a woman on the edge: on the edge of sanity, on the edge of tragedy, and now on the edge of the world. She has moved to an island at the far reaches of the continent to restore the house of an equally haunted figure, her mysterious great-uncle; but as her life begins to rebuild itself along with the house, his story starts to wrap around hers. Powerful forces are stirring, but Rae cannot see where her reality leaves off and his fate begins. Fifty-two years old, Rae must battle the feelings that have long tormented her--panic, melancholy, and a skin-crawling sense of watchers behind the trees. Before she came here, she believed that most of the things she feared existed only in her mind. And who can say, as disturbing incidents multiply, if any of the watchers on Folly Island might be real? Is Rae paranoid, as her family and the police believe, or is the threat real? Is the island alive with promise--or with dangers? With Folly, award-winning author LAURIE R. KING once again powerfully redefines psychological suspense on a sophisticated and harrowing new level, and proves why legions of readers and reviewers have named her a master of the genre.

Voices and Books in the English Renaissance

Author : Jennifer Richards
Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
Page : 348 pages
File Size : 52,7 Mb
Release : 2019
Category : Literary Criticism
ISBN : 9780198809067

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Voices and Books in the English Renaissance by Jennifer Richards Pdf

"Two ideas lie at the heart of this study and its claim that we need a new history of reading: that voices in books can affect us deeply ; that printed books can be brought to life with the voice. Voices and Books offers a new history of reading focussed on the oral and voice-aware silent reader, rather than the historical reader we have privileged in the last few decades, who is invariably male, silent, and alone. It recovers the vocality of education for boys and girls in Renaissance England, and the importance of training in pronuntiatio (delivery) for oral-aural literary culture. It offers the first attempt to recover the voice-and tone-from textual sources. It explores what happens when we bring voice to text, how vocal tone realizes or changes textual meaning, and how the literary writers of the past tried to represent their own and others' voices, as well as manage and exploit the voices of their readers. It offers fresh readings of the key Tudor authors who anticipated oral readers: John Bale, Anne Askew, William Baldwin, Thomas Nashe. And it aims to rethink what a printed book can be, searching the printed page for vocal cues, and exploring the neglected role of the voice in the printing process"-- Provided by publisher.

Nicky Haslam's Folly De Grandeur

Author : Nicky Haslam
Publisher : National Geographic Books
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 54,7 Mb
Release : 2013-03-19
Category : House & Home
ISBN : 9780847839971

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Nicky Haslam's Folly De Grandeur by Nicky Haslam Pdf

For anyone who has nurtured the dream of having a country house in the English style, celebrated designer Nicholas Haslam has created an inspiring series of exquisite yet relaxed interiors that blend traditional comfort with elegance and a passion for collecting art and antiques. Nicholas Haslam’s delightful "Folly de Grandeur" is a unique country house that many in the interior design community consider to be one of the world’s most inspiring and picturesque places. The interiors and grounds represent a tasteful yet relaxed vision for a country house in the English style. Haslam restored and nurtured the house and garden, and today it is the epitome of relaxed yet comfortable good taste and refinement. Haslam explains the intricacies and delights of carefully mismatched antique and vintage furniture, a color palette of subtle, warming, welcoming tones, and a collection of art and objects that is nothing short of inspirational. The wealth of muted colors and visual interest makes each room feel larger, and this handsome, inspiring volume will appeal to anyone interested in interior design and the art of living beautifully, comfortably—and well.

The Brooklyn Follies

Author : Paul Auster
Publisher : Faber & Faber
Page : 311 pages
File Size : 42,8 Mb
Release : 2008-09-04
Category : Travel
ISBN : 9780571246137

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The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster Pdf

' I was looking for a quiet place to die. Someone recommended Brooklyn, and so the next morning I travelled down there from Westchester to scope out the terrain . . .' So begins Paul Auster's remarkable new novel, The Brooklyn Follies. Set against the backdrop of the contested US election of 2000, it tells the story of Nathan and Tom, an uncle and nephew double-act. One in remission from lung cancer, divorced, and estranged from his only daughter, the other hiding away from his once-promising academic career, and, indeed, from life in general. Having accidentally ended up in the same Brooklyn neighbourhood, they discover a community teeming with life and passion. When Lucy, a little girl who refuses to speak, comes into their lives, there is suddenly a bridge from their pasts that offers them the possibility of redemption. Infused with character, mystery and humour, these lives intertwine and become bound together as Auster brilliantly explores the wider terrain of contemporary America - a crucible of broken dreams and of human folly. 'Auster at the top of his game. This superb novel about human folly turns out to be tremendously wise.' New Statesman

Folly and Fortune in Early British History

Author : Kenneth G. Henshall
Publisher : Palgrave MacMillan
Page : 414 pages
File Size : 43,5 Mb
Release : 2008-10-24
Category : History
ISBN : UCSC:32106019715751

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Folly and Fortune in Early British History by Kenneth G. Henshall Pdf

With its prime focus on the human factor in history, this book examines the role of foolishness in the unfolding of major events in Britain, particularly invasions, from Caesar's expeditions to the Norman Conquest. Many historians believe that foolishness in a bygone age cannot be meaningfully assessed, but this book does not accept that view.

The Folly

Author : Ivan Vladislavic
Publisher : National Geographic Books
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 54,7 Mb
Release : 2015-09-22
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9780914671374

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The Folly by Ivan Vladislavic Pdf

A vacant patch of South African veld next to the comfortable, complacent Malgas household has been taken over by a mysterious, eccentric figure with "a plan." Fashioning his tools out of recycled garbage, the stranger enlists Malgas's help in clearing the land and planning his mansion. Slowly but inevitably, the stranger's charm and the novel's richly inventive language draws Malgas into "the plan" and he sees, feels and moves into the new building. Then, just as remorselessly, all that seemed solid begins to melt back into air.


Author : Gwyn Headley
Publisher : National Trust
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 40,8 Mb
Release : 2012-07-19
Category : Architecture
ISBN : 1907892303

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Follies by Gwyn Headley Pdf

Britain's countryside is liberally sprinkled with follies – eccentric, original buildings built for fun by landowners and aristocrats over the centuries. They include prospect towers, ornamental temples, rustic hermits' cottages, faux-prehistoric stone circles, and some buildings that don't seem to have had any purpose at all. In this fascinating and stylish book, folly expert Gwyn Headley brings together some of the most beautiful and intriguing follies cared for by the National Trust, from the craggy fake ruin at Mow Cop in Cheshire to the elegant buildings created by Henry Hoare for his great landscape garden at Stourhead. He also introduces some very extraordinary characters, such as Frederick Hervey, the 'Earl-Bishop', who had an obsession with women, volcanoes and rotundas, and Sir Thomas Tresham, whose fervent Catholicism inspired him to create the extraordinary Lyveden New Bield, an unfinished building suffused with religious symbolism. Fully illustrated with exquisite images of these remarkable buildings, this insightful book will inspire the folly-hunter in us all.

Fortune's Folly

Author : Deva Fagan
Publisher : Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
Page : 270 pages
File Size : 53,7 Mb
Release : 2009-04-14
Category : Juvenile Fiction
ISBN : 9781429992398

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Fortune's Folly by Deva Fagan Pdf

Ever since her mother died and her father lost his shoemaking skills, Fortunata has survived by telling fake fortunes. But when she's tricked into telling a grand fortune for a prince, she is faced with the impossible task of fulfilling her wild prophecy—or her father will be put to death. Now Fortunata has to help Prince Leonato secure a magic sword, vanquish a wicked witch, discover a long-lost golden shoe, and rescue the princess who fits it. If only she hadn't fallen in love with the prince herself !

The March of Folly

Author : Barbara W. Tuchman
Publisher : Random House
Page : 528 pages
File Size : 41,7 Mb
Release : 2011-07-20
Category : History
ISBN : 9780307798565

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The March of Folly by Barbara W. Tuchman Pdf

Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Barbara W. Tuchman, author of the World War I masterpiece The Guns of August, grapples with her boldest subject: the pervasive presence, through the ages, of failure, mismanagement, and delusion in government. Drawing on a comprehensive array of examples, from Montezuma’s senseless surrender of his empire in 1520 to Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, Barbara W. Tuchman defines folly as the pursuit by government of policies contrary to their own interests, despite the availability of feasible alternatives. In brilliant detail, Tuchman illuminates four decisive turning points in history that illustrate the very heights of folly: the Trojan War, the breakup of the Holy See provoked by the Renaissance popes, the loss of the American colonies by Britain’s George III, and the United States’ own persistent mistakes in Vietnam. Throughout The March of Folly, Tuchman’s incomparable talent for animating the people, places, and events of history is on spectacular display. Praise for The March of Folly “A glittering narrative . . . a moral [book] on the crimes and follies of governments and the misfortunes the governed suffer in consequence.”—The New York Times Book Review “An admirable survey . . . I haven’t read a more relevant book in years.”—John Kenneth Galbraith, The Boston Sunday Globe “A superb chronicle . . . a masterly examination.”—Chicago Sun-Times

Contemporary Follies

Author : Keith Moskow,Robert Linn
Publisher : The Monacelli Press, LLC
Page : 242 pages
File Size : 47,5 Mb
Release : 2012-11-13
Category : Architecture
ISBN : 9781580933407

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Contemporary Follies by Keith Moskow,Robert Linn Pdf

Contemporary Follies showcases outstanding examples of contemporary design that address our place in nature. Emerging from the Enlightenment spirit of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Thomas Jefferson, the English picturesque folly, and the forest retreats of Scandinavian modernists, these projects inspire contemplation and creativity in their spatial energy and alliance with the environment. The book features fifty structures, including work by internationally recognized firms such as Arata Isozaki & Associates, Heatherwick Studios, Patkau Architects, Steven Ehrlich Architects, TEN Arquitectos as well as innovative young studios in all parts of the world: Norway, United Kingdom, Austria, Chile, Germany, Ecuador, Finland, Taiwan, Spain, Canada, Netherlands, United States, Czech Republic, France, and Switzerland. International in scope and focused on design excellence, this collection of exquisite buildings will appeal to all who yearn for a place of their own, a retreat in which to regroup and reprioritize. Together these small structures are the contemporary interpretation of the folly, the small building nestled in the landscape, a place apart.

Spoliation Or the Follies of a Nation

Author : Sidney D. McCormick
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 290 pages
File Size : 51,5 Mb
Release : 1890
Category : Trusts, Industrial
ISBN : NYPL:33433009229992

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Follies, Grottoes & Garden Buildings

Author : Gwyn Headley,Wim Meulenkamp
Publisher : White Lion Publishing
Page : 616 pages
File Size : 54,6 Mb
Release : 1999
Category : Architecture
ISBN : UCSC:32106017814531

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Follies, Grottoes & Garden Buildings by Gwyn Headley,Wim Meulenkamp Pdf

Chronicles nearly 1,450 UK sites which boast follies, grottoes or garden buildings of original or eccentric aspect.