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The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

av David McCullough

Andra författare: Amy Hill (Formgivare)

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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.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.… (mer)
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Normally, I love David McCullough's books. This is first that i would rate below 4 or 5 stars. What I like the most about his work is his focus on the story of the history and I feel that this book lacked any cohesive story. Even the central theme of Paris lacked cohesiveness for me. ( )
  LeBleuUn | Nov 14, 2021 |
Was as usual, an excellent slice of history from this author. This was my least favorite of the ones I've read ([John Adams], [1776] and [The Pioneers].) This was because the scope was so large. The time period was 1837-1867. There were at least 100+ famous and not so famous Americans that traveled to Paris for various reasons, some just to travel, some to learn, study, etc. Then there were the Paris personages...then there were many "back" stories from America and what happened to some of these people once they left Paris. I would have preferred to follow 5-6 in detail instead of such a plethora. However, other than a cast of hundreds, this book was very good. I think my favorite story was of Samuel Morse, frustrated painter turned inventor of the telegraph. I listened to this as on audio and was ready to quit after chapter 1--read by the author. He was so bad! However, the remaining chapters were read by Edward Herrmann, a very good reader. 16 hrs 50 minutes=658 pages. ( )
  Tess_W | Oct 17, 2021 |
If given a choice between reading my college humanities essay on "Americans on the Grand Tour" and David McCullough's The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, I would recommend that you read the latter. ( )
  auldhouse | Sep 30, 2021 |
Kind of interesting but a chore to get through. If you want to learn about French history and artists (American), this is your book. Didn't quite finish. Read about 4 pages a day just so I could get through the bulk of it.
  avdesertgirl | Aug 22, 2021 |
Very good look at Paris in the 19th century and some of the Americans who lived there. I learned much about the history of the city from this book. ( )
  larrybenfield | Jul 14, 2021 |
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Unlike the heroes of the American Revolution, whose experiences Mr. McCullough has already addressed so well, these travelers did not necessarily have diplomatic business in France. They had sights to see, minds to broaden, effusions to emit (“My mind was smitten with a feeling of sublimity almost too intense for mortality,” gushed Emma Willard, who would eventually found her eponymous school in upstate New York) and journals to fill with ecstatic observations about the Louvre, the cuisine and the weather. In trying to establish this as a raison d’être for the book, Mr. McCullough writes that “not all pioneers went west.” He provides a slogan worthy of a movie poster: “At home it was known as the Old World. To them it was all new.” But Mr. McCullough is hard-pressed to sustain the idea of a unified “them” at the heart of his book. So he is forced to make awkward juxtapositions and segues among people who did not cross the Atlantic at the same time (though “everyone knew the perils of the sea”), did not live a shared narrative and did not share all that much common ground. He ends up delivering the kinds of space-filling observations that might not even pass muster in a high-school history paper. This is not the side of Mr. McCullough that has made him a national treasure.
 

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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.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.

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