Seeking St. Louis

Voices from a River City, 1670-2000

Edited by Lee Ann Sandweiss

Seeking St. Louis

Edited by Lee Ann Sandweiss

Distributed for Missouri History Museum Press

1,088 pages | 6 x 9.25
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9781883982119 Published December 2000

Complementing the new permanent exhibition at the Missouri Historical Society, this anthology gathers over three centuries of writings on St. Louis by 100 individuals who have been inspired to describe the physical and cultural essence of this region.

The volume contains excerpted selections from all genres—travel diaries, poetry, fiction, journalism, drama, and rare out-of-print and previously unpublished archival material—including poems by Angus Umphraville, from the first volume of verse published west of the Mississippi, and newspaper articles by Theodore Dreiser when he was a beat reporter for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. Other compelling excerpts were authored by such notables as Auguste Chouteau, Charles Dickens, William Wells Brown, William T. Sherman, Sara Teasdale, T. S. Eliot, Tennessee Williams, Fanny Hurst, William S. Burroughs, Miles Davis, Nzotake Shange, John Lutz, Carl Phillips, and Quincy Troupe. A biographical introduction precedes each entry to place the author and the excerpt in the proper historical context.

The content of Seeking St. Louis was enriched by the involvement of several of the St. Louis area's foremost literary experts—Robert Boyd, Jan Garden Castro, Gerald Early, Wayne Fields, and Karen Goering—who served as contributing editors.

Contents
Brian Taylor
Foreword
 
Lee Ann Sandweiss
Preface
 
Eric Sandweiss
Introduction
 
Père Jacques Marquette
Marquette's First Voyage
 
Auguste Chouteau
Narrative of the Settlement of St. Louis
 
Fernando De Leyba
Account of the Battle of Fort San Carlos
 
Nicolas De Finiels
from An Account of Upper Louisiana
 
Amos Stoddard and Meriwether Lewis
Address to the People of Upper Louisiana
 
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
from The Journals of Lewis and Clark
 
Hannah Lewis
from Narrative of the Captivity and Sufferings of Mrs. Hannah Lewis
 
Rose Philippine Duchesne
Letters, 1818-1852
 
Angus Umphraville
Lines Written on the Bank of the Mississippi
The Old Maid of St. Louis
The Affair of St. Louis
 
Gotteried Duden
from Report on a Journey to the Western States of North America
 
Wilson Primm
History of St. Louis
Ballad of the Year of the Surprise
 
Matthew C. Field
Diary entries
The Chouteau House
 
Charles Dickens
from American Notes
 
Joseph M. Field
Death of Mike Fink
 
Charles Lanman
from A Summer in the Wilderness
 
William Wells Brown
from Narrative of William Wells Brown, A Fugitive Slave, Written by Himself
 
Anonymous
A Night View of Our Courthouse
 
Henry Boernstein
from The Mysteries of St. Louis
 
Adolphus M. Hart
from Life in the Far West; or, The Comical, Quizzical, and Tragical Adventures of a Hoosier
 
Henry Lewis
The Great Fire in St. Louis
 
Elizabeth Keckley
from Behind the Scenes; or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House
 
James Thomas
St. Louis on the Eve of War
 
William Tecumseh Sherman
from Memoirs of Gen. W. T. Sherman, Written by Himself
 
Jessie Benton Fremont
from Souvenirs of My Time
 
Anthony Trollope
Missouri
 
Auguste Laugel
from Les Etats-Unis Pendant La Guerre Civile, 1861-1865
 
Francis Grierson
The Planters' House
 
Solomon Franklin Smith
A Hung Jury
A Lapse of Twenty Years
 
Anne Lucas Hunt
Early Recollections
 
John Henton Carter
from The Log of Commodore Rollingpin: His Adventures Afloat and Ashore
 
Ernst Von Hesse-Wartegg
from Travels on the Lower Mississippi, 1879-1880
 
Henry Shaw
A Guide to the Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis
 
Logan Uriah Reavis
from St. Louis the Future Great City of the World: and Its Impending Triumph
 
Rebecca Morrow Reavis
The Future Great City of the World
Ode to Captain James B. Eads
 
Joseph Pulitzer
Journalism from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
 
Mark Twain
from Life on the Mississippi
 
Nicolaus Mohr
from Excursion Through America
 
Orrick Johns
from Time of Our Lives: The Story of My Father and Myself
 
Theodore Dreiser
from A Book About Myself
Journalism from the St. Louis Globe-Democrat and St. Louis Republic
 
Kate Chopin
from At Fault
The Maid of Saint Phillippe
Elizabeth Stock's One Story
 
William Marion Reedy
What's the Matter with St. Louis?
 
Winston Churchill
from The Crisis
 
Claude H. Wetmore
Tweed Days in St. Louis
 
Henry Adams
from The Education of Henry Adams
 
Marietta Holley
from Samantha at the St. Louis Exposition
 
Edward Garner Lewis
Ten Million Women
 
The Potter's Wheel
Her America by Edna Wahlert
 
Rolla Wells
The Statue of St. Louis
 
Leo A. Landau
from The Big Cinch
 
Sara Teasdale
The River
Sunset, St. Louis
Red Maples
Red Birds
 
Eugene Field and Thomas Woods Stevens
A Western Boy's Lament
Little Mack
Plaint of the Missouri 'Coon in the Berlin Zoological Gardens
 
Thomas Woods Stevens and Percy MacKaye
from The Pageant of St. Louis
from St. Louis: A Civic Masque
 
Carlos F. Hurd
St. Louis Post-Dispatch account of East St. Louis riots
 
Denton Snider
from The St. Louis Movement
 
Charles A. Lindergh
from The Spirit of St. Louis
 
T. S. Eliot
letter to Edna McCourt
letter to St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The Dry Salvages
 
W. E. B. Du Bois
Of Work and Wealth
 
A. E. Hotchner
from King of the Hill
 
Maya Angelou
from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
 
Thomas Wolfe
from The Lost Boy
 
Sally Benson
from Meet Me in St. Louis
 
Miles Davis
from Miles: The Autobiography
 
Fannie Cook
from Mrs. Palmer's Honey
 
Peter Taylor
The Little Cousins
 
Dick Gregory
from Nigger: An Autobiography
 
Harold Brodkey
The State of Grace
 
Fannie Hurst
St. Louis
from Anatomy of Me
 
Herman Dreer
from The Tie That Binds: A Novel of a Youth Who Seeks to Understand Life
 
Charles Guenther
Arch
Three Sisters
Union Station
 
William S. Burroughs
St. Louis Return
 
Jay Landesman
Running Dry/Running Off
 
John Knoepfle
Lines for Men of the Greater Interior
Riverfront, St. Louis
St. Louis Midday
St. Louis Midnight
Herman Avenue Holiday
East St. Louis
June Night on the River
 
Howard Nemerov
One Moment in Eternity
Walking Down Westgate in the Fall
Ginkgoes in Fall
An Ending
By Al Lebowitz's Pool
 
Tennessee Williams
from Memoirs
from A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur
 
Stanley Elkin
Why I Live Where I Live
 
Constance Urdang
To Live with a Landscape
Ways of Returning
The River
At Frank 'n' Helen's
 
Jonathan Raban
Marriage à la Mode
 
Ntozake Shange
from Betsey Brown
 
Glenn Savan
from White Palace
 
Michael Castro
The Origins of River Styx
 
Jonathan Franzen
from The Twenty-Seventh City
 
John Lutz
from Dancer's Debt
 
Kathleen Finneran
New Houses
 
Eugene B. Redmond
Honoring the Female Olympian of the Century
Wedge Wall, Huge Hand
Carryover
River of Bones and Flesh and Blood
 
Mona van Duyn
The Block
Addendum to "The Block"
"We Are in Your Area"
 
Donald Finkel
Headwaters
What's In a Name
An Entirely New Idea
For Whose Use
 
Allen Steele
from The Jericho Iteration
 
William H. Gass
Mississippi
 
Michael A. Kahn
from Due Diligence
 
John Keene
from Annotations
 
David Carkeet
Sunday Morning Ball at the J
 
Eddy L. Harris
from Still Life in Horlem
 
Laurell K. Hamilton
from The Lunatic Cafe
 
Gerald Early
St. Louis: The Midwestern Long Good-bye
 
David Haynes
from All American Dream Dolls
 
Carter Revard
Dragon-watching in St. Louis
Family Reunion
 
Carl Phillips
The Flume
Meditation: The River Road
 
Wayne Fields
Our Cruel, Tangled Past
 
Brian Taylor
At the Marjeanette Apartments
Route 64
Mr. Henry Shaw Comes to Rest
Spring
 
Quincy Troupe
Listening to Miles
 
Acknowledgements
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