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Merritt Ierley

Merritt Ierley is the author of Open House: A Guided Tour of the American Home 1637-Present , published in March by Henry Holt, from which this article is adapted. This fall will see the publication of his book The Comforts of Home (Random House/Clarkson Potter), an extended look at the evolution of technology in the home.

Articles by this Author

THE SEEMINGLY simple act of bringing it inside the house required not only medical revelation and technological revolution but the remaking of human habits as old as time