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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
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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 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"--
Member of
Summary
A multi-generational saga of the Whittaker family, whose progenitor makes a fortune in the quinine trade before his daughter, a gifted botanist, researches the mysteries of evolution while falling in love with an utopian artist against a backdrop of the Age of Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution
Storyline
Tone
Character
Award
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2013
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2013.
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10217003
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1969-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
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/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Women botanists
  • Painters
  • Enlightenment
  • Industrial revolution
Target audience
adult
Label
The signature of all things, Elizabeth Gilbert
Link
https://bfgb.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/the-signature-of-all-things-by-elizabeth-gilbert/
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
501 pages
Isbn
9780670024858
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013017045
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 829451549
  • (OCoLC)829451549
Label
The signature of all things, Elizabeth Gilbert
Link
https://bfgb.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/the-signature-of-all-things-by-elizabeth-gilbert/
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
501 pages
Isbn
9780670024858
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013017045
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 829451549
  • (OCoLC)829451549

Library Locations

    • James City County LibraryBorrow it
      7770 Croaker Road, Williamsburg, VA, 23188, US
      37.377573 -76.770995
    • Williamsburg LibraryBorrow it
      515 Scotland Street, Williamsburg, VA, 23185, US
      37.377573 -76.770995
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