Lewis Mumford

Herman Melville Got No Respect

October 10, 1928: Lewis Mumford on Herman Melville's legacy

"Call me Ishmael," the first sentence in Herman Melville's Moby Dick, is one of the most recognized opening lines in American literature. It's ascendency into not just literary, but cultural notoriety, began 162 years today, with the first publication of Melville's story of the white whale.

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Herman Melville, the celebrated author behind Moby-Dick, would have been 194 today. In his honor, we bring you an essay by Lewis Mumford—a legend in his own right—on Melville's philosophy and outlook. 

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Is there some fundamental canon of judgment which will give modernism in design a firm base to stand on? If such a base is lacking, we will only subst

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The exhibition of modern French decorative art at Lord and Taylor’s has breadth, sweep, élan. The space has been generously disposed: the furniture an

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Magnified Impotence

When a comic history of American architecture comes to be written many of our new skyscrapers will have a prominent place. Their windy grandeur will b

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Van Gogh was not merely a painter of tremendous force and originality; he was above all things a man who thought and suffered.

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