"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 bastion of old-world traditionalism, a hot-bed of revolutionary ideologies in politics and art, and above all a space in which to cultivate an openness to life and love impossible at home. Through stories, letters, memoirs, poems 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" and that Ernest Hemingway characterized as "a moveable feast.""--Jacket.
This is what's happened to me so far. I am intrigued by two writers that I've read their excerpts, Sherwood Anderson and Anita Loos. The first one I am familiar with but have not had the interest to read his works, perhaps this is the time to do so now. Anita Loos is a name that I had not heard before, although I was familiar with the movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes based on her book. But the brief excerpt from the book proved to be so hilarious and well written that I will definitely read some of her works.
In general, this anthology covers Americans of all types. From the Founding Fathers (e.g., Jefferson, Franklin) to famous writers (Faulkner for instance) to painters (such as Catlin) and even the famous celebrity P. T. Barnum! All in all it is a trip through U.S. history (in names only) and their perspectives of Paris.