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The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris
 
 
Author
David McCullough.
Publisher Simon & Schuster  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.6 x 1.5 inches
ISBN 9781416571766
Pages/Publication Date 560/2011
Daedalus Item Code 40795
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Two-time Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner David McCullough here tells the 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 study and gain experience in one of the Old World's greatest cities. Sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens and painters Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent all learned there, as did Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, James Fenimore Cooper, Mark Twain, and Henry James. From something he saw while studying painting in France, Samuel F.B. Morse would also bring home his momentous idea for the telegraph. Future abolitionist senator Charles Sumner attended the Sorbonne, where he saw black students with the same intelligence and ambition he had, while American ambassador Elihu Washburne witnessed the Franco-Prussian War, the Siege of Paris, and the nightmare of the Commune. Medical student Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote home of his toil and the exhilaration in "being at the center of things" in what was then the medical capital of the world, while Elizabeth Blackwell studied to become the first female doctor in America. McCullough brings them and their experiences to life, as well as the knowledge they brought home, noting "not all pioneers went west."

"McCullough's skill as a storyteller is on full display.... The idea of telling the story of the French cultural contribution to America through the eyes of a generation of aspiring artists, writers and doctors is inspired ... a compelling and largely untold story in American history."Seattle Times

"There is not an uninteresting page here as one fascinating character after another is explored at a crucial stage of his development.... Wonderful, engaging writing full of delighting detail."Chicago Sun-Times

 
 
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