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The Busiest Man in England: A Life of Joseph Paxton, Gardener, Architect, and Victorian Visionary

 
 
Author
Kate Colquhoun.
Publisher Godine  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9781567923018
Pages/Publication Date 304/2003
Daedalus Item Code 61669
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Today one would be hard pressed to choose a "preeminent Victorian," but among the Victorians themselves it was agreed that one figure towered above most. Joseph Paxton (180365) stood atop the worlds of horticulture, urban planning, and architecture like a colossus. Best remembered for his stunning Crystal Palace, home of the Great Exhibition of 1851, the self-taught polymath provided solutions to virtually every large-scale logistical problem of the era; even the impossibly overworked Charles Dickens dubbed him "the Busiest Man in England." Here Kate Colquhoun draws the details of a man who embodied Victorian ideals of self-improvement, industry, and civic service, and also paints a touching portrait of a remarkably down-to-earth visionary.
 
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