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Utopian Vistas: The Mabel Dodge Luhan House and the American Counterculture

Lois Palken Rudnick

Winner of the 1996 Gaspar Perez de Villegra Award from the Historical Society of New Mexico

Mabel Dodge Luhan, hostess and visionary, made Taos, New Mexico, a center for artists and utopians when she moved there in 1917 and began inviting friends to visit her. Now available in paperback, Utopian Vistas is a chronicle of the house Luhan built in Taos and the poets, painters, photographers, film-makers, writers, educators, and visionaries whose lives and works were affected by the house and its environs. Lois Rudnick weaves a complex tapestry depicting American countercultures in New Mexico from the 1920s to the 1990s.

"Should be required reading for art historians,film historians, ex-Beats and hippies, their children and grandchildren, and anyone interested in the possibility of making an imperfect America perfect at last."--Karal Ann Marling


Lois Palken Rudnick has written or edited several books on Mabel Dodge Luhan. She is professor of English and American Studies and director of the American Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.


". . . Rudnick's highly readable history of the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, New Mexico explores the countercultural appeal of Taos . . ."


American Studies

6.13 x 9.25 in. 416 pages 160 halftones