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A Parisienne in Chicago: Impressions of the World's Columbian Exposition

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This fascinating account of a French woman's impressions of America in the late nineteenth century reveals an unusual cross-cultural journey through fin de siècle Paris, Chicago, and New York. Madame Leon Grandin's travels and extended stay in Chicago in 1893 were the result of her husband's collaboration on the fountain sculpture for the World's Columbian Exposition. Init ...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by University of Illinois Press (first published 2010)
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La grande roue de l'exposition universelle de Chicago, 1892

Ce texte est le récit autobiographique par une parisienne, Marie Grandin (1864-1095), d’un voyage à Chicago ou se tenait, à l’occasion du quatre-centième anniversaire de la découverte de l’Amérique par Christophe Colomb, une exposition universelle à laquelle avait été convié, en tant que sculpteur, son mari, Léon Grandin. Ce texte avait été évoqué par Françoise Lapeyre, dans son livre Quand Les Voyageuses Découvraient L'esclavage, pour m
Jul 13, 2010 Joan added it
It is 1893 in Chicago. Just two decades earlier, the city had experienced a fire that destroyed a large part of it. Now it had been rebuilt with energy and innovation. Architects like William LeBaron Jenney, Louis Sullivan, and Holabird and Roche were introducing Chicago and the country and the world to the skyscraper. And Daniel Burnham and the firm of Burnham and Root were coordinating the building of the Exposition that was to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America.

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Jan 11, 2011 Debbie rated it it was amazing
During the summer of 1892, a twenty eight year old French school teacher traveled to America with her husband, who was contracted to work on his country’s exhibits at the World’s Columbian Exposition being held in Chicago in 1893. Monsieur and Madame Grandin spent a total of ten months in America, and visited New York, Niagara Falls, Philadelphia, Milwaukee (“sightseeing” during the great fire there), and Washington D.C. in addition to their extended stay in Chicago. Throughout her journey, ...more
Jun 09, 2011 Emma rated it it was amazing
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This book was most fascinating. She came to spend 10 months in Chicago, as her husband was working on a big fountain for the Exposition.
She goes everywhere, looks at everything, and has funny and to the point comments between American and French life style and characters of the time.

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