French literature, French history, American literature, American history, Western history, Philosophy of history, Philosophy, Lexicography, John Updike, Victor Hugo, French language, Nineteenth century, History of science, Philosophy of science, Philosophy of the social sciences, Literary criticism, etc.
"Probing research whose results are related in detail-rich anecdotes without much in the way of preconceived prejudice (except that the Paris Commune was a Very Bad Thing!).
While set in Paris, the city is evoked only in relation to the experi..."
McCullough mixes famous and obscure names and delivers capsule biographies of everyone to produce a colorful parade of educated, Victorian-era American travelers and their life-changing experiences in Paris.