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

ISBN-10: 0743264622
ISBN-13: 9780743264624
Edition: 2007
Authors: Susan Cheever
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List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 9/18/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

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....

Susan Cheever, the daughter of the great American writer John Cheever, is the author of nine previous books, including Home Before Dark, a best-selling memoir about her father, & the novel Looking for Work. She has written award-winning articles on parenting for New York Newsday & is a contributing writer to Architectural Digest. She teaches writing at Bennington College & Yale University & lives in New York.

A Note to the Reader
Preface
Concord, Massachusetts
The Alcotts Arrive for the First Time
Louisa, Girl Interrupted
Louisa in Love...Henry David Thoreau
Sic Vita
Two Loves
Ellen Sewall
Money
Emerson Pays for Everything
Two Deaths
The Curse of Salem
Hawthorne Emerges
The Execution
Another Triangle
Bronson Alcott, Peddler Turned Pedant
Fruitlands
Sex
Thoreau Goes to New York City
Wall of Fire
Walden Pond
Margaret Fuller, the Sexy Muse
Rome
The Margaret Ghost
Hawthorne Leaves Salem Forever
Stockbridge
Melville
The Railroad
Community
Without Margaret
Louisa May Alcott Returns
Louisa in Boston
Concord Again
Walden, Walden
Thoreau Now
Leaving Walden
The Birth and Death of Margaret Fuller
Shipwreck
The Hawthornes' Return to Concord
President Frank
Bayonets and Bullets
Local Martyr
The Death of Thoreau
Louisa in Washington, D.C.
Return and Illness
Hawthorne Leaves Concord
Death
Little Women
Emerson and the Fire
Concord, Today
Chronology
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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