Lived in London: The Stories Behind the Blue Plaques (Hardback)

Emily Cole, Stephen Fry

Edité par Yale University Press, 2009
ISBN 10: 0300148712 / ISBN 13: 9780300148718
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Language: English . Brand New Book. Described by Disraeli as a roost for every bird, London has been home to figures as varied as Winston Churchill, Virginia Woolf, Mahatma Gandhi, and Jimi Hendrix. Since 1866 the city has commemorated the link between notable figures and the buildings in which they lived and work through a series of blue plaques. Lived in London provides an introduction to the many people and buildings honored through this program that connects people and place, drawing out the human element of the historic environment and helping to save a number of London s buildings from demolition. N° de réf. du libraire

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Synopsis : This attractive, lively and comprehensive book tells the stories behind 800 of the capital's plaques. Arranged geographically - by borough and area - it is the first published guide to London's plaques for over half a century to be compiled with the aid of the official local government and English Heritage files. It features new research on the people and buildings that have been commemorated, both of which are extraordinarily diverse. Over the course of its history, London - which Benjamin Disraeli described as a 'roost for every bird' - has been home to figures as varied as Winston Churchill, Virginia Woolf, Mahatma Gandhi and Jimi Hendrix, all of whom were influenced by the homes and areas in which they lived. London's blue plaques scheme, founded in 1866, is the oldest of its kind in the world, and has been imitated around the globe. Originally envisaged as a means of making 'our houses their own biographers', the scheme aims to commemorate the link between notable figures of the past and the buildings in which they lived and worked. It is a uniquely successful means of connecting people and place, drawing out the human element of the historic environment, and has helped to save a number of London's buildings from demolition. Driven by the general public, the scheme remains hugely popular, and has been imitated around the globe. 'Lived in London' provides the perfect introduction to the many people and buildings honoured under the scheme, and also celebrates the plaques themselves, wonderful objects that have - over the course of the last 140 years - been manufactured by firms such as Minton, Doulton and Poole. By drawing out London's historic associations, they enliven the streetscape and serve to bring us into direct contact with the past, opening a window into another time by showing us where the great and the good have penned their masterpieces, developed new technologies, lived or died.

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"... [a] huge and handsome book ... Houses, their occupants and the plaques are depicted in a wealth of beautifully reproduced photographs." --Peter Parker, Daily Telegraph, 11th July 2009

"... a new complete illustrated guide ... [with] biographies [that] are a well-judged mixture of facts, achievements, anecdotes and quotations ..." -- Andrew Robinson, Nature, 9th July 2009

"Sensibly arranged by region ... a book for those who love to saunter down some of the byways of history." --Good Book Guide, July 2009

"... the first in-depth guide to the capital's plaques ... Beautifully illustrated ...includes maps of locations ..." --Editor's Choice, Heritage Today, July 2009

"...a handsome, comprehensive, coffee table book."
--Jonathan Main, The Transmitter, 1st August 2009

'... a comprehensive and elegantly written guide ... an abundance of photographs ... beautifully presented ... [a] scholarly and diverting compendium.' --Michael Walker, Times, 5th September 2009

'... an important insight into the development of British historical consciousness ... [and] a fitting homage to this wonderful [Blue Plaques] project.'
--Otto Saumarez Smith, Building Design, 14th August 2009

`Arranged geographically, this well-illustrated guide reveals the stories behind 800 of the city's plaques.' --National Trust Magazine, Autumn 2009

`The blue-plaque scheme [is] lavishly celebrated in Lived in London.'
--Church Times, 11th September 2009

`Not only is [this] book beautifully designed and illustrated, but Cole's fascination with her subjects is infectious.' --Duncan Wu, Times Higher Education Supplement, 24th September 2009

`With entries on 800 houses, Lived in London is a formidable undertaking... it provides a major insight into the city.' --Lucy Worsley, Times Literary Supplement, 16th October 2009

'It is definitive; it is beautiful... This lovely book fully indulges the readers' fascination with people and with places...'
--Lizzie Wells, The London Society Journal, Winter 2009

`The text of Lived in London...is lively...more discursive and answers more questions.'
-- Bridget Cherry, London Topographical Society newsletter, November 2009

`This is an extremely handsome book... Any bookshelf will look better for having this volume on it.'
--Martin Guha, Reference Reviews 24 (2), May 2009

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Titre : Lived in London: The Stories Behind the Blue...
Éditeur : Yale University Press
Date d'édition : 2009
Reliure : Hardback
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