Between 1840 and 1868, Concord, Massachusetts, was home to such writers as Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau. In this fascinating history, noted author Cheever explores how Concord developed into the first American community devoted to idealism. of photos.Between 1840 and 1868, Concord, Massachusetts, was home to such writers as Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau. In this fascinating history, noted author Cheever explores how Concord developed into the first American community devoted to idealism. of photos.Read Less
New/New. 8vo 0743264614 multiple NEW copies in NEW dust jacket, NO marks Description xvi, 223 p.,  p. of plates: ill.; 25 cm. Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. -214) and index. Authors, American--Homes and haunts--Massachusetts--Concord. American literature--Massachusetts--Concord--Hist and criticism. Authors, American--19th century--Biography. Concord (Mass. )--Intellectual life--19th century. Concord (Mass. )--Biography.
In American Bloomsbury, Cheever makes the world of Concord and its "genius cluster" come alive! The world created by Ralph Waldo Emerson comes to life. These are real people, with passion, full of zest, sometimes troubled, but real.
If you ever wondered why Ralph, Henry, Nathaniel, Herman, Louisa May, and Bronson still matter to us today, let Susan Cheever be your guide. I loved American Bloomsbury. So will you.
Mar 29, 2008
A rather ho-hum account of the community surrounding Emerson that included Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, Hawthorne, and the Alcotts, with guest appearances by Melville, Whitman, and Franklin Pierce. It may be that Cheever just took on too much in trying to tackle all of these eminent writers in one book. She jumps from year to year, person to person, place to place. It's not difficult to keep focused, but the end result, for me, was a book that stayed on the surface. I really learned nothing I didn't already know--and I'm no expert in the transcendentalists. And I don't feel that I got a very good sense of time and place here either.
Apr 6, 2007
New Background on American Classic's Authors
A look back in time at authors of treasured American classic literature that helped to shape modern thinking. Concern for the environment and freedom and equality are some of the concepts promulgated here in this community of writers. If only we could be as dedicated to the public good as they were.
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