Complementing the new permanent exhibition at the Missouri Historical Society, this anthology gathers over three centuries of writings on St. Louis by 100 individuals who have been inspired to describe the physical and cultural essence of this region.
The volume contains excerpted selections from all genrestravel diaries, poetry, fiction, journalism, drama, and rare out-of-print and previously unpublished archival materialincluding poems by Angus Umphraville, from the first volume of verse published west of the Mississippi, and newspaper articles by Theodore Dreiser when he was a beat reporter for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. Other compelling excerpts were authored by such notables as Auguste Chouteau, Charles Dickens, William Wells Brown, William T. Sherman, Sara Teasdale, T. S. Eliot, Tennessee Williams, Fanny Hurst, William S. Burroughs, Miles Davis, Nzotake Shange, John Lutz, Carl Phillips, and Quincy Troupe. A biographical introduction precedes each entry to place the author and the excerpt in the proper historical context.
The content of Seeking St. Louis was enriched by the involvement of several of the St. Louis area's foremost literary expertsRobert Boyd, Jan Garden Castro, Gerald Early, Wayne Fields, and Karen Goeringwho served as contributing editors.
|Publisher:||Missouri History Museum Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 2.60(d)|
|Age Range:||3 Months to 18 Years|
About the Author
About the Editor
Lee Ann Sandweiss is director of publications for the Missouri Historical Society, a book reviewer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and the author of St. Louis ARCHitecture for Kids.
Table of Contents
Brian Taylor Foreword Lee Ann Sandweiss Preface Eric Sandweiss Introduction Père Jacques Marquette Marquette's First Voyage Auguste Chouteau Narrative of the Settlement of St. Louis Fernando De Leyba Account of the Battle of Fort San Carlos Nicolas De Finiels from An Account of Upper Louisiana Amos Stoddard and Meriwether Lewis Address to the People of Upper Louisiana Meriwether Lewis and William Clark from The Journals of Lewis and Clark Hannah Lewis from Narrative of the Captivity and Sufferings of Mrs. Hannah Lewis Rose Philippine Duchesne Letters, 1818-1852 Angus Umphraville Lines Written on the Bank of the Mississippi The Old Maid of St. Louis The Affair of St. Louis Gotteried Duden from Report on a Journey to the Western States of North America Wilson Primm History of St. Louis Ballad of the Year of the Surprise Matthew C. Field Diary entries The Chouteau House Charles Dickens from American Notes Joseph M. Field Death of Mike Fink Charles Lanman from A Summer in the Wilderness William Wells Brown from Narrative of William Wells Brown, A Fugitive Slave, Written by Himself Anonymous A Night View of Our Courthouse Henry Boernstein from The Mysteries of St. Louis Adolphus M. Hart from Life in the Far West; or, The Comical, Quizzical, and Tragical Adventures of a Hoosier Henry Lewis The Great Fire in St. Louis Elizabeth Keckley from Behind the Scenes; or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House James Thomas St. Louis on the Eve of War William Tecumseh Sherman from Memoirs of Gen. W. T. Sherman, Written by Himself Jessie Benton Fremont from Souvenirs of My Time Anthony Trollope Missouri Auguste Laugel from Les Etats-Unis Pendant La Guerre Civile, 1861-1865 Francis Grierson The Planters' House Solomon Franklin Smith A Hung Jury A Lapse of Twenty Years Anne Lucas Hunt Early Recollections John Henton Carter from The Log of Commodore Rollingpin: His Adventures Afloat and Ashore Ernst Von Hesse-Wartegg from Travels on the Lower Mississippi, 1879-1880 Henry Shaw A Guide to the Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis Logan Uriah Reavis from St. Louis the Future Great City of the World: and Its Impending Triumph Rebecca Morrow Reavis The Future Great City of the World Ode to Captain James B. Eads Joseph Pulitzer Journalism from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Mark Twain from Life on the Mississippi Nicolaus Mohr from Excursion Through America Orrick Johns from Time of Our Lives: The Story of My Father and Myself Theodore Dreiser from A Book About Myself Journalism from the St. Louis Globe-Democrat and St. Louis Republic Kate Chopin from At Fault The Maid of Saint Phillippe Elizabeth Stock's One Story William Marion Reedy What's the Matter with St. Louis? Winston Churchill from The Crisis Claude H. Wetmore Tweed Days in St. Louis Henry Adams from The Education of Henry Adams Marietta Holley from Samantha at the St. Louis Exposition Edward Garner Lewis Ten Million Women The Potter's Wheel Her America by Edna Wahlert Rolla Wells The Statue of St. Louis Leo A. Landau from The Big Cinch Sara Teasdale The River Sunset, St. Louis Red Maples Red Birds Eugene Field and Thomas Woods Stevens A Western Boy's Lament Little Mack Plaint of the Missouri 'Coon in the Berlin Zoological Gardens Thomas Woods Stevens and Percy MacKaye from The Pageant of St. Louis from St. Louis: A Civic Masque Carlos F. HurdSt. Louis Post-Dispatch account of East St. Louis riots Denton Snider from The St. Louis Movement Charles A. Lindergh from The Spirit of St. Louis T. S. Eliot letter to Edna McCourt letter to St. Louis Post-Dispatch The Dry Salvages W. E. B. Du Bois Of Work and Wealth A. E. Hotchner from King of the Hill Maya Angelou from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Thomas Wolfe from The Lost Boy Sally Benson from Meet Me in St. Louis Miles Davis from Miles: The Autobiography Fannie Cook from Mrs. Palmer's Honey Peter Taylor The Little Cousins Dick Gregory from Nigger: An Autobiography Harold Brodkey The State of Grace Fannie Hurst St. Louis from Anatomy of Me Herman Dreer from The Tie That Binds: A Novel of a Youth Who Seeks to Understand Life Charles Guenther Arch Three Sisters Union Station William S. Burroughs St. Louis Return Jay Landesman Running Dry/Running Off John Knoepfle Lines for Men of the Greater Interior Riverfront, St. Louis St. Louis Midday St. Louis Midnight Herman Avenue Holiday East St. Louis June Night on the River Howard Nemerov One Moment in Eternity Walking Down Westgate in the Fall Ginkgoes in Fall An Ending By Al Lebowitz's Pool Tennessee Williams from Memoirs from A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur Stanley Elkin Why I Live Where I Live Constance Urdang To Live with a Landscape Ways of Returning The River At Frank 'n' Helen's Jonathan Raban Marriage à la Mode Ntozake Shange from Betsey Brown Glenn Savan from White Palace Michael Castro The Origins of River Styx Jonathan Franzen from The Twenty-Seventh City John Lutz from Dancer's Debt Kathleen Finneran New Houses Eugene B. Redmond Honoring the Female Olympian of the Century Wedge Wall, Huge Hand Carryover River of Bones and Flesh and Blood Mona van Duyn The Block Addendum to "The Block" "We Are in Your Area" Donald Finkel Headwaters What's In a Name An Entirely New Idea For Whose Use Allen Steele from The Jericho Iteration William H. Gass Mississippi Michael A. Kahn from Due Diligence John Keene from Annotations David Carkeet Sunday Morning Ball at the J Eddy L. Harris from Still Life in Horlem Laurell K. Hamilton from The Lunatic Cafe Gerald Early St. Louis: The Midwestern Long Good-bye David Haynes from All American Dream Dolls Carter Revard Dragon-watching in St. Louis Family Reunion Carl Phillips The Flume Meditation: The River Road Wayne Fields Our Cruel, Tangled Past Brian Taylor At the Marjeanette Apartments Route 64 Mr. Henry Shaw Comes to Rest Spring Quincy Troupe Listening to Miles Acknowledgements