American authors who wrote novels of self-discovery set in Europe

Within the last centuries many of the finest and most enlightening novels have been written by American authors about American travelers journeying through various European countries. The perspective of characters from the New World immersed in the Old World can lead to intriguing results. Often adventure, surprises, and self-discovery awaits.

We can often learn the most about ourselves when we are in a foreign setting. It is there that exposure to new ideas and perspectives occur. We can see ourselves in a fresh light, often for the first time. Let us explore some of the finest examples of this phenomenon.