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The signature of all things, Elizabeth Gilbert

Label
The signature of all things
Title
The signature of all things
Statement of responsibility
Elizabeth Gilbert
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
" A glorious, sweeping novel of desire, ambition, and the thirst for knowledge, from the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed. In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker-a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia. Born in 1800, Henry's brilliant daughter, Alma (who inherits both her father's money and his mind), ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself. As Alma's research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man named Ambrose Pike who makes incomparable paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact opposite direction-into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose a utopian artist-but what unites this unlikely couple is a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all life. Exquisitely researched and told at a galloping pace, The Signature of All Things soars across the globe-from London to Peru to Philadelphia to Tahiti to Amsterdam, and beyond. Along the way, the story is peopled with unforgettable characters: missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses, and the quite mad. But most memorable of all, it is the story of Alma Whittaker, who-born in the Age of Enlightenment, but living well into the Industrial Revolution-bears witness to that extraordinary moment in human history when all the old assumptions about science, religion, commerce, and class were exploding into dangerous new ideas. Written in the bold, questing spirit of that singular time, Gilbert's wise, deep, and spellbinding tale is certain to capture the hearts and minds of readers. "--
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DLC
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1969-
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Gilbert, Elizabeth
Dewey number
813/.54
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3557.I3415
LC item number
S54 2013
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Women botanists
  • Painters
  • Enlightenment
  • Industrial revolution
Label
The signature of all things, Elizabeth Gilbert
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Some copies have imprint: New York : Penguin Books, 2014 (pbk, 22 cm)
  • Illustrations on endpapers
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
17748134
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
501 pages
Isbn
9780143125846
Isbn Type
(pbk : 2014)
Lccn
2013017045
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
The signature of all things, Elizabeth Gilbert
Publication
Note
  • Some copies have imprint: New York : Penguin Books, 2014 (pbk, 22 cm)
  • Illustrations on endpapers
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
17748134
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
501 pages
Isbn
9780143125846
Isbn Type
(pbk : 2014)
Lccn
2013017045
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations

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