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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (705 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Cheever Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 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.”

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  • “Emotionally warm and critically engaged, Cheever’s history successfully evokes the incubation of Concord’s literary glory.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Diane | 2/18/2014

    " I learned about the synchronous details of life in this time, this genius cluster, and in literary thinking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sady | 2/11/2014

    " It's a love letter to the land where I grew up, which is a nice thing, and it's also all gossipy about the private lives of these people with really powerful principles who were trying to live well in the world; they called their endeavor "the newness". Margaret Fuller xoxo. Really bad depiction of Elizabeth Palmer Peabody - which is a shame, she was amazing and was the first to use the term "transcendentalist" to describe her spirituality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gigi | 2/4/2014

    " I enjoyed the information presented. It gave a lot of great insight into this group of amazing authors and how their lives were so interconnected. However, the format of the book did not appeal to me at all. It continually jumps around chronologically without smooth transitions and occassionally the author will interject her own personal history and it is very awkward. Though the topic was fascinating the actually writing often was not clearly presented. So the concept of the book is probably worth 4 or 5 stars but the writing style of the book would be about a two. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jamilah | 1/23/2014

    " I'm really enjoying this book about a group of pre-Civil-War era writers living in the same neighborhood in Concord MA. Some reviews mention historical inaccuracies in Cheever's writing. She presents the material as non-fiction, with a bit of conjecture. I loved the books of Louisa May Alcott, so I'm especially enjoying reading about her family and the experiences of her childhood. "

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