Silent City on a HillSilent City on a Hill
Picturesque Landscapes of Memory and Boston’s Mount Auburn Cemetery

Blanche M. G. Linden

University of Massachusetts Press in association with LALH

Paper $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-55849-571-5

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Original edition, winner, Historic Preservation Book Award and American Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award

“In illuminating the furthest reaches of Mount Auburn’s meaning, the author also sheds light on many other aspects of nineteenth-century American culture. . . . Each of the eleven chapters—especially the seven or eight that separate out for consideration specific strands of intellectual and aesthetic influence, such as that of the English garden, the French ‘cult of ancestors,’ or the American sensibility to melancholy—could stand on its own as an interesting study.”
—New England Quarterly

Originally published in 1989, this book offers an insightful inquiry into the intellectual and cultural origins of Mount Auburn Cemetery, the first landscape in the United States to be designed in the picturesque style. Inspired by developments in England and France and founded in 1831, Mount Auburn became the prototype for the “rural cemetery” movement and was an important precursor of many of America’s public parks, beginning with New York City’s Central Park. This new edition has been completely redesigned in a larger format, with new photographs and a new epilogue that carries the story forward into the twentieth century.

BLANCHE M. G. LINDEN, Ph.D., is an independent scholar and writer with special interest in landscape, architectural history, and urban history. Her numerous publications in women’s studies, visual and material culture, and American history include Spring Grove: Celebrating 150 Years (Cincinnati Historical Society, 1995).

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“No one in the future will be able to write about nineteenth-century cemeteries in the United States without first studying this book. . . . Silent City on a Hill is a lavishly satisfying scholarly book.”
—Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians