Real Thing: Imitation and Authenticity in American Culture, 1880-1940
The twenty-fifth anniversary edition includes a new preface by the author, looking back on the late twentieth century and assessing tensions between imitation and authenticity in the context of our digital age. Considering material culture, photography, and literature, the book touches on influential figures such as writers Walt Whitman, Henry James, John Dos Passos, and James Agee: photographers Alfred Stieglitz, Walker Evans, and Margaret Bourke-White: and architect-designers Gustav Stickley and Frank Lloyd Wright.
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