New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2001. First edition. Perfect Bound. Small quarto, pp. 285, indexed, illustrated with b/w photographs. Very Good in Wraps. Item #21659
What factors create a successful resort? How did the rise of lavish hotels and spas reflect the changing values of American society as the nineteenth century progressed? Historians have argued that resorts were created to meet the demands of a leisured social elite. Theodore Corbett offers a fresh, compelling argument, demonstrating that resorts created and re-created themselves to keep pace with changing times. Success came with anticipating demands, not just reacting to them. This book offers a window into shifting public values and the structure of commercial tourism.