First Resorts

First Resorts

Pursuing Pleasure at Saratoga Springs, Newport, and Coney Island

eBook - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
This history of three famous American resort towns explores the origins of American leisure in the nineteenth century by returning to the "grand" hotels, cottages, and resorts that turned these towns into favorite vacation spots.

Book News
Sterngass (Union College, Schenectady, New York) first looks at the three 19th-century resorts as quasi-democratic arenas in which nearly anyone could hide behind disguises and try to decode those of others. Then he charts their transformation during the early 20th century as the commercialization and privatization of previously public space restricted the social and personal possibilities to those with the resources for exorbitant consumption. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001
ISBN: 9780801876967
Characteristics: 1 online resource (ix, 374 pages) : illustrations, maps


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