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The greater journey : Americans in Paris

by McCullough, David G.,

Format: Print Book 2011
Availability: Available at 36 Libraries 40 of 42 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Nonfiction 914.4 MC
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Carnegie Library of Homestead Non Fiction 920.0092 McCu
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Non-Fiction 914.4 McC
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North Versailles Public Library Non-Fiction 920.0092 MCCUL
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Oakmont Carnegie Library Non-Fiction 920 McC
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Pine Center Branch Nonfiction 920.0092 MCCUL
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Plum Community Library Adult Non-Fiction 920 MCC
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Sewickley Public Library Nonfiction 920 MCC 2011
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Summary
T he G reater J ourney is the enthralling, 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.

After risking the hazardous journey across the Atlantic, these Americans embarked on a greater journey in the City of Light. 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. As David McCullough writes, "Not all pioneers went west." Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in America, was one of this intrepid band. Another was Charles Sumner, who enrolled at the Sorbonne because of a burning desire to know more about everything. There he saw black students with the same ambition he had, and when he returned home, he would become the most powerful, unyielding voice for abolition in the U.S. Senate, almost at the cost of his life.

Two staunch friends, James Fenimore Cooper and Samuel F. B. Morse, worked unrelentingly every day in Paris, Cooper writing and Morse painting what would be his masterpiece. From something he saw in France, Morse would also bring home his momentous idea for the telegraph.

Pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk from New Orleans launched his spectacular career performing in Paris at age 15. George P. A. Healy, who had almost no money and little education, took the gamble of a lifetime and with no prospects whatsoever in Paris became one of the most celebrated portrait painters of the day. His subjects included Abraham Lincoln.

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. From all they learned in Paris, Holmes and his fellow "medicals" were to exert lasting influence on the profession of medicine in the United States.

Writers Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, and Henry James were all "discovering" Paris, marveling at the treasures in the Louvre, or out with the Sunday throngs strolling the city's boulevards and gardens. "At last I have come into a dreamland," wrote Harriet Beecher Stowe, seeking escape from the notoriety Uncle Tom's Cabin had brought her. Almost forgotten today, the heroic American ambassador Elihu Washburne 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. The genius of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the son of an immigrant shoemaker, and of painters Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent, three of the greatest American artists ever, would flourish in Paris, inspired by the examples of brilliant French masters, and by Paris itself.

Nearly all of these Americans, whatever their troubles learning French, their spells of homesickness, and their suffering in the raw cold winters by the Seine, spent many of the happiest days and nights of their lives in Paris. McCullough tells this sweeping, fascinating story with power and intimacy, bringing us into the lives of remarkable men and women who, in Saint-Gaudens's phrase, longed "to soar into the blue." The Greater Journey is itself a masterpiece.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Paris in the 1920s is one of those romantic place-and-time moments every writer wishes to have been part of. But popular historian McCullough, much-respected author of Truman (1992) and John Adams (2001), chose not to retell the story of the so-called Lost Generation. Instead, he relates a less-familiar but no-less-engaging tale: that of the many Americans, most of them in the arts, who were soul-drawn to Paris between 1830 and 1900. He reminds us that in the century of great American expansion. not all pioneers went west. McCullough's research is staggering to perceive, and the interpretation he lends to his material is impressive to behold as he chronicles a long but never thinly analyzed list of expatriates who settled in Paris for varying lengths of time to take advantage of the heady environment the city as muse to elevate their talents in their particular fields, whether it be painting (Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent), sculpture (Augustus Saint-Gaudens), writing (Henry James and James Fenimore Cooper), or learning medicine (Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in America, and Oliver Wendell Holmes). . HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: McCullough's track record says it all: expect his latest book to ascend the best-seller lists and be given a place on the year-end best lists.--Hooper, Bra. Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This detailed and riveting book from award-winning historian McCullough traces the lives of several high-profile Americans-including Oliver Wendell Holms, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Mark Twain-who, in the 19th century, found themselves in Paris. McCullough limns the impact that Parisian sojourns had upon these travelers and contrasts their lives in France with events occurring in the United States. Co-narrator (and actor) Edward Herrmann provides a stronger narration than the author, however. While McCullough, with his deep voice, grabs listeners' attention initially, he lacks the ability to maintain that interest, as his emphasis, tone, and energy wears over time. Herrmann's ability, on the other hand, to emphasize different facts through deliberate speech and tone, while moving more quickly through less complicated material, makes listening enjoyable and easygoing. A Simon & Schuster hardcover. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects 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.
Paris (France) -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
Paris (France) -- Biography.
Paris (France) -- Relations -- United States.
United States -- Relations -- France -- Paris.
Publisher New York :2011
Edition First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Language English
Description 558 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 519-537) and index.
ISBN 9781416571766
1416571760
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