American Bloomsbury

American Bloomsbury

Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau : Their Lives, Their Loves, Their Work

Book - 2006
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The 1850s were heady times in Concord, Massachusetts: in a town where a woman's petticoat drying on an outdoor line was enough to elicit scandal, some of the greatest minds of our nation's history were gathering in three of its wooden houses to establish a major American literary movement. The Transcendentalists, as these thinkers came to be called, challenged the norms of American society with essays, novels, and treatises whose beautifully rendered prose and groundbreaking assertions still resonate with readers today. Though noted contemporary author Susan Cheever stands in awe of the monumental achievements of such writers as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Louisa May Alcott, her personal, evocative narrative removes these figures from their dusty pedestals and provides a lively account of their longings, jealousies, and indiscretions. Thus, Cheever reminds us that the passion of Concord's ambitious and temperamental resident geniuses was by no means confined to the page.... Book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2006.
ISBN: 9780743264617
Call Number: 810.9 CHEEVER
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Authors, American -- Homes and haunts -- Massachusetts -- Concord.
American literature -- Massachusetts -- Concord -- History and criticism.
Authors, American -- 19th century -- Biography.
Concord (Mass.) -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
Concord (Mass.) -- Biography.
Alternative Title: American Bloomsbury


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Dec 22, 2016

A great book detailing the inter-relationships of all the notable people in Concord, MA in 1800s. Many books focus on just one individuals perspective. I took notes so when I visit Concord again, I can refresh my memory.

Feb 07, 2012

This is a really good read! I have a fair amount of background on the figures dealt with here. This is an invitation into their world through the complex/kinky people they were. Makes you want to know more about who they were and what they wrote. They were diverse and yet they all lived in a small town together...and had a powerful effect on the larger world.

Burton_Reads Mar 21, 2011

I would have loved to gossip about Emerson & Thoreau. This book gave me that experience.

Mar 18, 2010

Bittersweet, this book reveals the lives of a group of famous people that lived together in fairly good company to become some of the best minds in America. Intimate and unswerving portrayals bring their personal and professional triumphs and defeats to life. Their own foibles may have conspired against them but they were never beaten, their words and thoughts living long into the future. Truly a thought provoking work in an extraordinary time period.


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