Celebrated author David McCullough explores new historical territory in his book, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris. It is the previously untold story of many American writers, doctors, artists, inventors, and others living in 19th century Paris.
See also: Penelope Rowlands essays, Paris Was Ours.
These adventurous souls risked an arduous journey across the Atlantic, and then they began an even greater journey in the City of Lights. Most had never before left home or experienced a different culture. The art, theaters, operas and architecture they saw in Paris would inspire them to excel in life. These things were as important to them as what they learned in their fields of work. As David McCullough writes, "Not all pioneers went west."