The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

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THE GREATER JOURNEY conveys 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. 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.” Among the intrepid journeyers that McCullough profiles, are Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in America, Charles Sumner, the great abolitionist, writer James Fenimore Cooper and the painter Samuel F.B. Morse, medical student Oliver Wendell Holmes, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, and Henry James – all “discovering” Paris, 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. Pulitzer Prize-winner David McCullough tells this sweeping story with power and intimacy, bringing the lives of these remarkable figures into our contemporary age. Source Notes, Bibliography, Index. Color illustrations. 558p.

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