Americans in Paris A Literary Anthology

ISBN-10: 1931082561
ISBN-13: 9781931082563
Edition: 2004
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List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Library of America, The
Publication date: 3/30/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 650
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

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 centuryEmerson, Mark Twain, Henry Jamesand 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.

Kate Chopin was born Katherine O'Flaherty in St. Louis, Missouri, on February 8, 1851, to Eliza Faris and Thomas O'Flaherty. Although she was brought up in a wealthy and socially elite Catholic family, Chopin's childhood was marred by tragedies. Her father was killed in a train accident when Chopin was just four years old, and in the following years she also lost her older brother, great-grandmother, and half-brother. In 1870, at the age of 19, she married Oscar Chopin, the son of a wealthy cotton-growing family in Louisiana. The couple had seven children together, five boys and two girls, before Oscar died of swamp fever in 1883. The following year, Chopin packed up her family and moved back to St. Louis to be with her mother, who died just a year later. To support herself and her family, Chopin started to write. Her first novel, At Fault, was published in 1890. Her most famous work, The Awakening, inspired by a real-life New Orleans woman who committed adultery, was published in 1899. The book explores the social and psychological consequences of a woman caught in an unhappy marriage in 19th century America, is now considered a classic of the feminist movement and caused such an uproar in the community that Chopin almost entirely gave up writing. Chopin did try her hand at a few short stories, most of which were not even published. Chopin died on August 22, 1904, of a brain hemorrhage, after collapsing at the World's Fair just two days before.

Adam Gopnik is the author of Paris to the Moon and Through the Children's Gate and is a contributor to The New Yorker. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children. His most recent book is Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln and Modern Life, a comparison about how those men changed our nation with their history-making actions.

Introduction
Letter to Mary Stevenson
Letters from Auteuil
Two Letters
from A Diary of the French Revolution
Shall Louis XVI. Have Respite?
from The Diary of James Gallatin
from Life, Letters, and Journals
Letter to Stephen Longfellow, Jr.
from Journal, 1833
from Pencillings by the Way
from Gleanings in Europe
from Struggles and Triumphs; or, Forty Years' Recollections
from Catlin's Notes of Eight Years' Travels and Residence in Europe
from Things and Thoughts in Europe
from Sunny Memories of Foreign Lands
from The French Notebooks
from The Innocents Abroad
The Proclamation of the Republic
Occasional Paris
"The Velvet Glove"
Letter from Paris
Letter to John Hay
from The Show-Places of Paris
from My Life
from A Life in Photography
from Along This Way
A Traveler at Forty
The Look of Paris
from A Backward Glance
Mon Amie
Paris Notebook, 1921
from Peter Whiffle
Significant Gesture
from Life Among the Surrealists
from The Big Sea
from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Four Letters from Paris, 1925
from Post Impressions
Vive la Folie!
from The Spirit of St. Louis
The Flying Fool
from A Moveable Feast
Postcard to Samuel Loveman
Paris Diaries
You Don't Know Paree
Babylon Revisited
From an Early Diary
from The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
from Paris France
Walking Up and Down in China
A Spring Month in Paris
from The Flower and the Nettle
The Last Time I Saw Paris
from Shakespeare and Company
Letter from Paris
Paris, 7 A.M.
No. 13 Rue St. Augustin
Place Pigalle
Three Letters
from First Days in Paris
Equal in Paris
from Remembrance of Things Past
The Saucier's Apprentice
Good-By to a World
from Departures
The First Time I Saw Paris
Trouble in Paris
from Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris
17 quai Voltaire
from Satori in Paris
Gare de Lyon
from D. V.
from Birthday
Sources and Acknowledgments

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