Yaddo: Making American Culture

Established by a pair of philanthropists who believed adamantly in the power of creativity, Yaddo has hosted some of the twentieth century s most renowned writers, composers, and visual artists, including Hannah Arendt, James Baldwin, Saul Bellow, Leonard Bernstein, Elizabeth Bishop, Truman Capote, Flannery O Connor, Aaron Copland, Langston Hughes, Carson McCullers, SylviaEstablished by a pair of philanthropists who believed adamantly in the power of creativity, Yaddo has hosted some of the twentieth century s most renowned writers, composers, and visual artists, including Hannah Arendt, James Baldwin, Saul Bellow, Leonard Bernstein, Elizabeth Bishop, Truman Capote, Flannery O Connor, Aaron Copland, Langston Hughes, Carson McCullers, Sylvia Plath, Philip Roth, and Clyfford Still.Richly illustrated with photographs, prints, intimate letters, papers, and ephemera from archives and collections at both Yaddo and The New York Public Library many of which have never before been seen by the public Yaddo offers a window into the workings of this famously private institution and insight into the lives and circumstances of the artists who lived and worked there It examines the relationship between the premier artists colony and the ideals of democracy and individuality that inform an American vision From Aaron Copland to Robert Lowell, from Agnes Smedley to Langston Hughes, the volume shares the stories of those who visited this haven and highlights the debates and controversies that threatened to break apart its tranquility With essays by Marcelle Clements, David Gates, Allan Gurganus, Tim Page, Ruth Price, Barry Werth, Karl Emil Willers, and Helen Vendler, along with an overview by curator Micki McGee, Yaddo revisits the major moments of twentieth century American culture and history.
Yaddo Making American Culture Established by a pair of philanthropists who believed adamantly in the power of creativity Yaddo has hosted some of the twentieth century s most renowned writers composers and visual artists inclu

  • Title: Yaddo: Making American Culture
  • Author: Micki McGee Karen Van Westering
  • ISBN: 9780231147378
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Yaddo: Making American Culture”

    1. Keen essays. A very solid history of a place that has been a creative springboard for so many. Such a little known place deserves such a retrospective, not only historically, but sociologically, and McGee and his essayists do this very well. Chock full of wonderful documents and photographs- I believe the agenda to give an overview of the papers and files of the not-for-profit was well reached. "Creme de la Creme: Highbrows, Lowbrows, Voracious Omnivores, High, Low, and Hi-Lo" by Marcelle and "L [...]

    2. At the same time I picked up the only book on Yaddo in the TPL system, Micki McGee's, Yaddo: Making American Culture (New York: The New York Public Library & Columbia University Press, 2008). The Yaddo book, an edited collection based on an exhibition at the New York Public Library includes a collection of essays about Yaddo and some of the luminaries who resided there over the years, including not surprisingly an essay by Werth on Arvin.

    3. Jeopardy answer: Truman Capote, Aaron Copland and Saul Bellow. Question? Name three American writers and composers who were guests at Yaddo. Real Question: What's a Yaddo? The answer: a rereat for American creative artists in writing, composing, visual arts and film and theatre. It was founded by Spencer Trask and his poet wife, Katrina in 1900. He'd made his fortune in railroads, and left his 400 acre estate in Saratoga Springs to the foundation he established. Yaddo invites "worthy" creative a [...]

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