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

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 18, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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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....
 

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Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Nathaniel Hawthorne are enshrined in America's literary canon while Louisa May Alcott was the author of one of the most beloved novel for girls ever ... Read full review

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Well researched book about a group of famous authors who all lived in the small town of Concord, MA in the 1800's. Some did not gain notoriety or recognition til they died. Read full review

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Contents

Concord Massachusetts
3
The Alcotts Arrive for the First Time
7
Louisa Girl Interrupted
12
Louisa in Love Henry David Thoreau
16
Sic Vita
20
Two Loves
24
Ellen Sewall
29
Money
32
Hawthorne Leaves Salem Forever
91
Stockbridge
95
Melville
97
The Railroad
101
Community
104
Without Margaret
106
Louisa May Alcott Returns
113
Louisa in Boston
116

Emerson Pays for Everything
35
Two Deaths
39
The Curse of Salem
42
Hawthorne Emerges
46
The Execution
49
Another Triangle
53
Bronson Alcott Peddler Turned Pedant
59
Fruitlands
63
Sex
68
Thoreau Goes to New York City
71
Wall of Fire
74
WaldenPond
78
Margaret Fuller the Sexy Muse
81
Rome
85
The Margaret Ghost
89
Concord Again
120
Wsldcn Walden
123
Thoreau Now
127
Leaving Walden
130
Shipwreck
139
President Frank
149
Local Martyr
159
The Death of Thoreau
167
Return and Illness
175
Hawthorne Leaves Concord
181
Little Women
188
Concord Today
198
Acknowledgments
204
Bibliography
211
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Susan Cheever is the bestselling author of thirteen previous books, including five novels and the memoirs Note Found in a Bottle and Home Before Dark. Her work has been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the Boston Globe Winship Medal. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, a member of the Corporation of Yaddo, and a member of the Author's Guild Council. She teaches in the Bennington College M.F.A. program. She lives in New York City with her family.

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