The City's "War with Nature": Urban Parks in The House of Mirth and Sister Carrie

Shmurak, J. Susannah
May 2010
Nineteenth Century Studies;2010, Vol. 24, p123
Academic Journal
The article discusses the relation between natural and built environments as depicted in fictions of nineteenth century. It is informed that authors like Edith Wharton and Theodore Dreiser, who in their novels analyzed workings of the city and the impact of urbanization on individuals, considered urban public parks as place for discussions of social norms. It is stated that "Man and Nature" and "Physical Geography as Modified by Human Action" published by George Perkins Marsh are considered as first treatise warning that human land development can negatively alter critical ecosystems.


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