The Man Who Designed the Future

The Man Who Designed the Future

Norman Bel Geddes and the Invention of Twentieth-century America

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"Norman Bel Geddes designed everything from Broadway sets to Chrysler cars; from the first all-weather stadium to Futurama, the prescient 1939 World's Fair exhibit that would go down as the most popular of all time. In The Man Who Designed the Future, B. Alexandra Szerlip tells the astonishing story of a 9th grade dropout with a Midwestern twang who presided over a seismic shift in American culture--a moment in which entertainment became immersive, people became consumers, and the country came to look the way it does today"-- Provided by publisher.
"The first-ever biography of Norman Bel Geddes, a self-taught polymath who became one of twentieth-century America's most influential designers. Before there was Steve Jobs, there was Norman Bel Geddes: a flamboyant designer whose meteoric career would see him reimagining everything from Broadway sets and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to the controversial automobile the Chrysler Airflow. His designs included the first all-weather stadium, the first floating airport, and the spectacular Futurama exhibit at the 1939 New York World's Fair, the most iconic Fair exhibit of all times. His success catapulted him to the very heart of public life: He dined with Dorothy Parker and the wits of the Algonquin Round Table; flew with Amelia Earhart; was seduced by Anaïs Nin; and collaborated (and battled) with the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright, Robert Moses, and Cecil B. DeMille. Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, which starred Bel Geddes's daughter Barbara, contains a number of hidden-in-plain-sight homages to the designer himself. In [this book], B. Alexandra Szerlip tells the astonishing story of a ninth-grade dropout with a Midwestern twang who presided over a seismic shift in American culture--when entertainment became immersive, customers became consumers, and the United States began to look and work the way it does today."--Ut jacket flap.
Publisher: Brooklyn : Melville House, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781612195629
Characteristics: xvii, 396 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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