Eiffel's tower : and the World's Fair where Buffalo Bill beguiled Paris, the artists quarreled, and Thomas Edison became a count
|Format:||Print Book 2009|
|Availability:||Available at 7 Libraries 7 of 8 copies|
Since it opened in May 1889, the Eiffel Tower has become an iconic image of modern times - as much a beacon of technological progress as an enduring symbol of Paris and French culture. But as engineer Gustave Eiffel built the now-famous landmark to be the spectacular centrepiece of the 1889 World's Fair, he stirred up a storm of vitriol from Parisian tastemakers, law-suits and predictions of a certain structural calamity. A compelling account of the tower's creation as well as a superb portrait of Belle Epoque France.
ContentsWe meet our characters, who intend to dazzle the world at the Paris Exposition
Gustave Eiffel and "the odious column of bolted metal"
Troubles on the tower
"The first elevator of its kind"
In which the artists quarrel and the tower opens
Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley triumphant
Gustave Eiffel holds court amid the art wars
The monarchs of the world ascend the republican tower
In which Thomas Edison hails the Eiffel Tower and becomes an Italian Count
Rosa Bonheur meets Buffalo Bill.
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Paris World's Fair -- (1889)
Tour Eiffel (Paris, France)
|Publisher|| New York :Viking,2009
354 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages -337) and index.