American Bloomsbury by Susan Cheever audiobook

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

By Susan Cheever
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A brilliant, controversial, and fascinating biography of those who were, in the mid-nineteenth century, the center of American thought and literature. Concord, Massachusetts, 1849. At various times, three houses on the same road were home to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry and John Thoreau, Bronson Alcott and his daughter Louisa May, Nathanial Hawthorne, and Margaret Fuller. Among their friends and neighbors: Henry James, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Edgar Allen Poe, and others. These men and women are at the heart of American idealism. We may think of them as static daguerreotypes, but in fact, these men and women fell desperately in and out of love with each other, edited each other's work, discussed and debated ideas and theories all night long, and walked arm in arm under Concord's great elms—all of which creates a thrilling story. American Bloomsbury explores how, exactly, Concord developed into the first American community devoted to literature and original ideas—ideas that, to this day, define our beliefs about environmentalism and conservation, and about the glorious importance of the individual self.

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A brilliant, controversial, and fascinating biography of those who were, in the mid-nineteenth century, the center of American thought and literature. Concord, Massachusetts, 1849. At various times, three houses on the same road were home to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry and John Thoreau, Bronson Alcott and his daughter Louisa May, Nathanial Hawthorne, and Margaret Fuller. Among their friends and neighbors: Henry James, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Edgar Allen Poe, and others. These men and women are at the heart of American idealism. We may think of them as static daguerreotypes, but in fact, these men and women fell desperately in and out of love with each other, edited each other's work, discussed and debated ideas and theories all night long, and walked arm in arm under Concord's great elms—all of which creates a thrilling story. American Bloomsbury explores how, exactly, Concord developed into the first American community devoted to literature and original ideas—ideas that, to this day, define our beliefs about environmentalism and conservation, and about the glorious importance of the individual self.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A lively and insightful introduction to the personalities and achievements of the men and women who were seminal figures in America's literary renaissance. Publishers Weekly
“Beguiling…lively and insightful introduction to the personalities and achievements of the men and women who were seminal figures in America’s literary renaissance…[Cheever] keenly analyzes the positive and negative ways they influenced one another’s ideas and beliefs and the literature that came out of “this sudden outbreak of genius.” Publishers Weekly
“Emotionally warm and critically engaged, Cheever’s history successfully evokes the incubation of Concord’s literary glory.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Susan Cheever

Author Bio: Susan Cheever

Susan Cheever was born in New York City and graduated from Brown University. A Guggenheim Fellow and a director of the board of the Yaddo Corporation, she currently teaches in the MFA programs at Bennington College and the New School. She lives in New York City.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 6.92
Audience: Adult
Language: English