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The Saratoga Reader
Writing About an American Village, 1749-1900

Field Horne

Paper $29.95    |    0-9747985-0-9    |   2004

The history of the village of Saratoga Springs and its earliest residents and visitors are brought vividly to life through this primary collection of diaries and correspondence.

"Long before anyone had heard of Las Vegas, Miami, Aspen, or Nassau, Saratoga Springs was America's most famous, most important, and most extravagant resort community. Using travelers' accounts and other primary sources with imagination and skill, Field Horne has not only related the impressive story of this unusual New York village, but he has demonstrated how persons interested in the history of other communities can recapture their own past."
dash Kenneth T. Jackson, president, New York Historical Society and Barzun Professor of History, Columbia University

"I love the history of Saratoga. . . . It gives one the true feeling of a first-time visit, whether in the 1700s or at the close of the 19th century. The pages of this book vividly bring the glorious past to life. It s a must read for anyone who loves history and Saratoga Springs."
dash Marylou Whitney

In this book, 82 eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europeans and Americans speak through their writings. Their impressions of life in Saratoga Springs provide the richest-known contemporary record of any American village. Sometimes full of humor, sometimes critical, and sometimes taking the waters for poor health, these writers are our guides through a century and a half of community history.

Field Horne is a historian, writer, and editor whose books include The Green Country Catskills: A History. He is a contributing editor to The Encyclopedia of New York State (forthcoming from Syracuse University Press) and lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.

7 x 10, 272 pages

Distributed for Kiskatom Publishing

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