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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
In this book the author 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. The story 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. -- Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
YDXCP
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1969-
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Gilbert, Elizabeth
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Women botanists
  • Painters
  • Enlightenment
  • Industrial revolution
  • FICTION
  • FICTION
Label
The signature of all things, Elizabeth Gilbert
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The tree of fevers -- The plum of White Acre -- The disturbance of messages -- The consequence of missions -- The curator of mosses
Control code
1557838
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
501 pages
Isbn
9780143125846
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1557838
  • (Sirsi) 1557838
  • (OCoLC)871192219
Label
The signature of all things, Elizabeth Gilbert
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The tree of fevers -- The plum of White Acre -- The disturbance of messages -- The consequence of missions -- The curator of mosses
Control code
1557838
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
501 pages
Isbn
9780143125846
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1557838
  • (Sirsi) 1557838
  • (OCoLC)871192219

Library Locations

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