Peter Marcus' New York, the Nation's Metropolis was first published in the spring of 1921. The book received only moderate attention in its time, and it has spent the past eight decades in what I imagine to be something like a coma for books. Despite its marked iterdisciplinary appeal (to Architectual History, Art History, Literary Studies, Urban Studies, American History), its engagement with stories and debates of longstanding interest to American Studies (e.g. the rise of the skyscraper, the relation of urban to non-urban space, the attempt of the individual to represent an increasingly dehumanizing world), and its obvious comparative value for discussions of more widely-celebrated works (e.g. Hugh Ferriss' Metropolis of Tomorrow, the paintings of Charles Sheeler or those of Charles Demuth, Bernice Abbot's Changing New York), there has been virtually no scholarship on the book or its author.
This site aims to wake the book from its long sleep in two ways, by presenting it as two separate -- though interdependent -- electronic republications:
Each page of the Facsimile and most pages in the Hypertext edition contain links to the corresponding page in the other version, so if at any time in reading one you want to switch to the other, follow the link at the bottom of the page.