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Four Walls

Peter Campbell

20 April 1989
Living Space: In Fact and Fiction 
by Philippa Tristram.
Routledge, 306 pp., £40, January 1989, 0 415 01279 1
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Building Domestic Liberty 
by Polly Wynn Allen.
Massachusetts, 195 pp., £16.70, December 1988, 9780870236273
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Borderland: Origins of the American Suburb, 1820-1939 
by John Stilgoe.
Yale, 353 pp., £25, February 1989, 0 300 04257 4
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... better ways of building and living – to show how people might live rather than how they did. She wanted to show how much better things could be ‘if only’. When she wrote pure theory she became, PollyWynnAllen says, ‘gridlocked in the toils of her synthesising’. In her fiction, on the other hand, she propagandised fluently against the trammels of domesticity. Allen’s synopses make most of ...

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