Legendary Locals of Center City Philadelphia

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Philadelphia is a hard mistress when it comes to honoring native talent, and the city has more than its fair share of notable figures. Consider colorful politicians like Frank Rizzo and Richardson Dilworth, international celebrities like Grace Kelly, sports legends like Connie Mack, Philadelphia Museum of Art icons like Anne d'Harnoncourt, or national radio personalities like Terry Gross. Business tycoons such as John Wanamaker and Russell Conwell, founder of Temple University, made many contributions to the city. Pearl Buck, author of The Good Earth, and Christopher Morley, America's G.K. Chesterton, created legacies of their own. Other legends like the nearly forgotten Agnes Repplier, a world-famous essayist and contemporary of Henry James, and poet Daniel Hoffman, the designated US poet laureate in 1973–1974, have helped enrich the city's literary reputation. There are Marian Anderson, Mario Lanza, and Hollywood actor Kevin Bacon, whose fame is equaled by his city planner father, Edmund. Architects like Frank Furness, Louis Kahn, and Vincent Kling helped transform the city into an international destination. And there are many notables looming outside the margins of this book, waiting for their day of discovery.
ISBN: 9781467101417
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Pennsylvania
Series: Legendary Locals
Images: 136
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Thom Nickels is a journalist and the author of nine books, including Philadelphia Architecture. He is currently an editor at ICON magazine and a columnist for Spirit Newspapers, the Weekly Press, and the Huffington Post.
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