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The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, 1830-1900

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  • Seller:Audible, Inc. (US)
  • Sales Rank:49,649
  • Format:Abridged
  • Language:English (Unknown)
  • Media:Audible Audio Edition
  • Running Time:31680 Minutes
  • Publication Date:May 27, 2011
  • ASIN:B0052ZPBSY
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Synopsis

The Greater Journey 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."

Nearly all of the Americans profiled here - including Elizabeth Blackwell, James Fenimore Cooper, Mark Twain, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Harriet Beecher Stowe - 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.


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