The Barbarous Black Skeleton
The Eiffel Tower, now the iconic symbol of Paris, was despised at first for being too American.
The source: “Eiffel’s Tower” by Frederick Brown, in The New England Review, Vol. 29, No. 4, 2008.
The Eiffel Tower, universal symbol of Paris and destination of more than 200 million visitors, was almost as avidly hated by the French when it was built as it is beloved today, in part for a startlingly familiar reason—it was too American.
Gustave Eiffel reigned as one of France’s premier engineers when...