Now in paperback, the New York Times" bestseller from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough the inspiring, enthralling story of the American painters, writers, sculptors, and doctors who journeyed to Paris between 1830 and 1900. A Special Audio Presentation of Unabridged Selections Personally Chosen by David McCullough " The ...
Now in paperback, the New York Times" bestseller from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough the inspiring, enthralling story of the American painters, writers, sculptors, and doctors who journeyed to Paris between 1830 and 1900. A Special Audio Presentation of Unabridged Selections Personally Chosen by David McCullough " 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. 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. Writer Emma Willard, who founded the first women s college in America, was one of the intrepid bunch. Another was Charles Sumner, who enrolled at the Sorbonne where 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. 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. 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. The genius of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens and painter George Healy would flourish in Paris, inspired by the examples of brillant French masters, and by Paris itself. For this special audio presentation, McCullough has chosen a selection of portraits, excerpted in their entirety, that bring us into the lives of these remarkable men and women. A sweeping, fascinating story told with power and intimacy, "The Greater Journey "is itself a masterpiece. " ""
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I would say that this is not one of McCullough's better books. It drags.
Oct 31, 2013
History can be fun!
Lots of info you never knew you'd need. It's a long tome, but well worth the time. If you're looking for a plot -- skip this; if you're looking for inspiration -- jump in!
Sep 5, 2013
Going to Paris?
If so, pick up this book. McCullough provides information about a surprising number of Americans who went to Paris to study, find themselves, and expand their horizons. Like them, you too will fall in love with Paris. The book is easy to read and enjoy.
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