The Many Mizners: An Autobiography

Author:   Addison Mizner
Publisher:   Dean Street Press
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9781913054717


Pages:   236
Publication Date:   04 November 2019
Format:   Paperback
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The Many Mizners: An Autobiography


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"Remember, there were no maps, no travelogues, or any data whatsoever on this land that God and man had forgotten. Born into an extraordinary family clan, this is the breathless, picaresque memoir of Addison Mizner: the great architect of Palm Beach, and other spots on the Atlantic coast of Florida. Following his early family life in affluent, late nineteenth-century California, we join the exploits of the intrepid young Addison - by the author's account the most remarkable figure of his age. We hear of his experiences in central America, then his truly hair-raising work as a gold prospector in the Yukon, where he becomes an unwitting midwife, and has to foil a murder plot against himself. He details further adventures in Hawaii, and ends up in the boxing ring in Australia, escaping via China. When Addison finally arrives in New York, we see a more recognizable individual, re-entering the society life he was born to. All along we see his eye for detail and an obvious flair for design and architecture, something exploited wherever he happens to be, whether in Palm Beach or the Yukon. Only in the touching last chapter, detailing the hilarious final months of his mother's life, does he perhaps realize what it means to be a ""Mizner""."

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Author:   Addison Mizner
Publisher:   Dean Street Press
Imprint:   Dean Street Press
ISBN:  

9781913054717


ISBN 10:   1913054713
Pages:   236
Publication Date:   04 November 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Addison Mizner was born in 1872 in Benicia, California, one of seven siblings. After numerous documented adventures in his early adult life, some disputed by biographers and historians, he later lived in New York City, and provided humorous illustrations to works by Ethel Watts Mumford. His lasting fame came when he moved to Palm Beach, Florida, at the age of 46, and became the definitive architect of the city, despite no formal training. He also developed Boca Raton into a luxurious resort community, using a similar approach to Spanish Revival architecture. A long-time socialite and bon viveur, he died at the age of 60, in February 1933.

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