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McCullough, David G
The greater journey [electronic resource] : Americans in Paris / David McCullough
Alternate Title Americans in Paris
[Kindle ed.] -- Amazon web site
New York : Simon & Schuster, c2011
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 Circulation Desk  Kindle 14    AVAILABLE
 Circulation Desk  Kindle 15    AVAILABLE
 Circulation Desk  Kindle 19    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Americans -- France -- Paris -- History -- 19th century
Intellectuals -- France -- Paris -- History -- 19th century
Artists -- France -- Paris -- History -- 19th century
Authors, American -- France -- Paris -- History -- 19th century
Physicians -- France -- Paris -- History -- 19th century
Americans -- France -- Paris -- Biography
Subject Paris (France) -- Intellectual life -- 19th century
Paris (France) -- Biography
Paris (France) -- Relations -- United States
United States -- Relations -- France -- Paris
Physical Description 1 electronic resource (1558 p. : ill., maps)
Summary 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
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
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!
Note Description based on print version record
Note - System Details Mode of access: Kindle
Alternate Author Mardigian Endowment, 2011

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