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Percival Lowell

The Culture and Science of a Boston Brahmin

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$89.00 • £71.95 • €80.00

ISBN 9780674002913

Publication Date: 02/15/2001


352 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

6 halftones


  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Percival Lowell and the Boston Brahmins
  • I. The Private Lowell
    • 1. The Making of an Improper Bostonian
    • 2. Lowell and His Peers
    • 3. Preparation of a Polymath
    • 4. New Careers
  • II. Lowell as Spencerian
    • 5. Cosmic Philosopher
    • 6. Image-Maker
    • 7. Psychical Researcher
    • 8. Cosmogonist
  • III. Lowell as Astronomer
    • 9. From “Astronomical Picnic” to Observatory
    • 10. Lowell’s Campaign for the Canals of Mars
    • 11. The Establishment Responds
    • 12. The Search for Recognition
    • Conclusion: A Proper Bostonian on Mars Hill
  • Notes
  • Index

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