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The signature of all things, by Elizabeth Gilbert, (text large print)

Label
The signature of all things
Title
The signature of all things
Statement of responsibility
by 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
The best-selling author of <i>Eat, Pray, Love</i> traces the 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.
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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
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3557.I3415
LC item number
S54 2013b
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, by Elizabeth Gilbert, (text large print)
Link
https://bfgb.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/the-signature-of-all-things-by-elizabeth-gilbert/
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
883 pages
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781410461414
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013032198
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Specific material designation
large print
System control number
  • 855491802
  • (OCoLC)855491802
Label
The signature of all things, by Elizabeth Gilbert, (text large print)
Link
https://bfgb.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/the-signature-of-all-things-by-elizabeth-gilbert/
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
883 pages
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781410461414
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013032198
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Specific material designation
large print
System control number
  • 855491802
  • (OCoLC)855491802

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