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The greater journey : Americans in Paris / David McCullough.

Author/creator McCullough, David G.
Format Book and Print
Edition1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
Publication InfoNew York : Simon & Schuster, 2011.
Description558 pages, 48 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Supplemental Content Contributor biographical information
Supplemental Content Publisher description
Subject(s)
Portion of title Americans in Paris
Contents Pt. 1. The way over ; VoilĂ  Paris! ; Morse at the Louvre ; The medicals -- pt. 2. American sensations ; Change at hand ; A city transformed ; Bound to succeed -- pt. 3. Under siege ; Madness ; Paris again ; The Farragut ; Genius in abundance ; Au revoir, Paris!
Abstract This is the inspiring and, until now, untold story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work. Most had never left home, never experienced a different culture. None had any guarantee of success. That they achieved so much for themselves and their country profoundly altered American history. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in America; future abolitionist Charles Sumner; staunch friends James Fenimore Cooper and Samuel F. B. Morse (who saw something in France that gave him the idea for the telegraph); pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk; medical student Oliver Wendell Holmes; writers Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, and Henry James; Harriet Beecher Stowe, seeking escape from the notoriety Uncle Tom's Cabin had brought her; sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens and painters Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent; and American ambassador Elihu Washburne, who bravely remained at his post through the Franco-Prussian War, the long Siege of Paris and even more atrocious nightmare of the Commune. His vivid account in his diary of the starvation and suffering endured by the people of Paris (drawn on here for the first time) is one readers will never forget. Nearly all of these Americans, whatever their troubles, spent many of the happiest days and nights of their lives in Paris.--From publisher description.
Review McCullough mixes famous and obscure names and delivers capsule biographies of everyone to produce a colorful parade of educated, Victorian-era American travelers and their life-changing experiences in Paris.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (p. 519-537) and index.
LCCN 2010053001
ISBN1416571760 (hbk.)
ISBN9781416571766 (hbk.)
ISBN1416576894 (ebk.)
ISBN9781416576891 (ebk.)

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