Americans in Paris
From the earliest years of the American republic, Paris has provoked an extraordinary American literary response. An almost inevitable destination for writers and thinkers, Paris has been many things to many Americans: a tradition-bound bastion of the old world of Europe; a hotbed of revolutionary ideologies… More »
From the earliest years of the American republic, Paris has provoked an extraordinary American literary response. An almost inevitable destination for writers and thinkers, Paris has been many things to many Americans: a tradition-bound bastion of the old world of Europe; a hotbed of revolutionary ideologies in politics and art; and a space in which to cultivate an openness to life and love thought impossible at home. Including stories, letters, memoirs, and journalism, Americans in Paris distills three centuries of vigorous, glittering, and powerfully emotional writing about the place that Henry James called “the most brilliant city in the world.” American writers came to Paris as statesmen, soldiers, students, tourists, and sometimes they stayed as expatriates. This anthology ranges from the crucial early impressions of Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin to the latter-day reflections of writers as varied as James Baldwin, Isadora Duncan, and Jack Kerouac. Along the way we encounter the energetic travelers of the nineteenth century—Emerson, Mark Twain, Henry James—and the pilgrims of the twentieth: Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, E. E. Cummings, Cole Porter, Henry Miller. Come along as Thomas Paine takes a direct and dangerous part in the French Revolution; Harriet Beecher Stowe tours the Louvre; Theodore Dreiser samples the sensual enticements of Parisian night life; Edith Wharton movingly describes Paris in the early days of World War I; John Dos Passos charts the gathering political storms of the 1930s; Paul Zweig recalls the intertwined pleasures of language and sex; and A. J. Liebling savors the memory of his culinary education in delicious detail. Americans in Paris is a diverse and constantly engaging mosaic, full of revealing cultural gulfs and misunderstandings, personal and literary experimentation, and profound moments of self-discovery.« Less
a literary anthology
Letter to Mary Stevenson / Benjamin Franklin -- Letters from Auteuil / Abigail Adams -- Two letters / Thomas Jefferson -- from A diary of the French Revolution / Gouverneur Morris -- Shall Louis XVI. have respite? / Thomas Paine -- from The diary of James Gallatin / James Gallatin -- from Life, letters, and journals / George Ticknor -- Letter to Stephen Longfellow, Jr. / Henry Wadsworth Longfellow -- from Journal, 1833 / Ralph Waldo Emerson -- from Pencillings by the way / Nathaniel Parker Willis -- from Gleanings in Europe / James Fenimore Cooper -- from Struggles and triumphs; or, Forty years' recollections / P.T. Barnum -- from Catlin's Notes of eight years' travels and residence in Europe / George Catlin -- from Things and thoughts in Europe / Margaret Fuller -- from Sunny memories of foreign lands / Harriet Beecher Stowe -- from The French notebooks / Nathaniel Hawthorne -- from The innocents abroad / Mark Twain -- The proclamation of the republic / Elihu Washburne -- Occasional Paris ; "The velvet glove" / Henry James -- Letter from Paris / Frederick Douglass -- Letter to John Hay / Henry Adams -- from The show-places of Paris / Richard Harding Davis --
from My life / Isadora Duncan -- from A life in photography / Edward Steichen -- from Along the way / James Weldon Johnson -- A traveler at forty / Theodore Dreiser -- The look of Paris ; from A backward glance / Edith Wharton -- Mon amie / Randolph Bourne -- Paris notebook, 1921 / Sherwood Anderson -- from Peter Whiffle / Carl Van Vechten -- Significant gesture / Malcolm Cowley -- from Life among the surrealists / Matthew Josephson -- from The big sea / Langston Hughes -- from Gentlemen prefer blonds / Anita Loos -- Four letters from Paris, 1925 / William Faulkner -- from Post impressions ; Vive la Folie! / E.E. Cummings -- from The spirit of St. Louis / Charles Lindbergh -- The flying fool / Waverly Root -- from A moveable feast / Ernest Hemingway -- Postcard to Samuel Loveman / Hart Crane -- Paris diaries / Harry Crosby -- You don't know Paree / Cole Porter -- Babylon revisited / F. Scott Fitzgerald -- From an early diary / Lincoln Kirstein -- from The autobiography of Alice B. Toklas ; from Paris France / Gertrude Stein -- Walking up and down in China / Henry Miller -- A spring month in Paris / John Dos Passos -- from The flower and the nettle / Anne Morrow Lindberg --
The last time I saw Paris / Oscar Hammerstein II -- from Shakespeare and Company / Sylvia Beach -- Letter from Paris / Janet Flanner -- Paris, & A.M. / Elizabeth Bishop -- Place Pigalle / Richard Wilbur -- Three letters / Dawn Powell -- from First days in Paris / Art Buchwald -- Equal in Paris / James Baldwin -- from Remembrance of things past / Irwin Shaw -- The Saucier's apprentice / S.J. Perlman -- Good-bye to a world / May Sarton -- from Departures / Paul Zweig -- The first time I saw Paris / James Thurber -- Trouble in Paris / Sidney Bechet -- from Between meals : an appetite for Paris / A.J. Liebling -- 17 quai Voltaire / Virgin Thomson -- from Satori in Paris / Jack Kerouac -- Gare de Lyon / M.F.K. Fisher -- from D.V. / Diana Vreeland -- from Birthday / Dorothea Tanning.
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