Robert Morris's Folly: The Architectural and Financial Failures of an American Founder - The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History (Hardback)Ryan K. Smith (author)
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This book examines for the first time the extravagant Philadelphia town house Robert Morris built and its role in bringing about his ruin. Part biography, part architectural history, the book recounts Morris's wild successes as a merchant, his recklessness as a land speculator, and his unrestrained passion in building his palatial, doomed mansion, once hailed as the most expensive private building in the United States but later known as "Morris's Folly." Setting Morris's tale in the context of the nation's founding, this volume refocuses attention on an essential yet nearly forgotten American figure while also illuminating the origins of America's ongoing, ambivalent attitudes toward the superwealthy and their sensational excesses.
Publisher: Yale University Press
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 658 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 25 mm
"Ryan K. Smith offers a readable and enlightening portrait of this busy and turbulent life in Robert Morris's Folly . . . . It is an amazing story, and Mr. Smith tells it well."-Charles R. Morris, The Wall Street Journal -- Charles R. Morris * The Wall Street Journal *