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A group portrait of five Concord, Massachusetts, writers whose works were at the center of mid-nineteenth-century American thought and literature evaluates their interconnected relationships, influence on each other''s works, and complex beliefs. 50,000 first printing.

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This beguiling book is Cheever''s exploration of the extraordinary cross-fertilization of creativity in Concord, Mass., during the mid-19th century, when Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne and the Alcotts lived as neighbors there. If it won''t offer much new information for serious students of American literature, it does provide a lively and insightful introduction to the personalities and achievements of the men and women who were seminal figures in America''s literary renaissance, and who, Cheever theorizes, influenced the social activism of succeeding generations. In episodic chapters, Cheever describes their entwined relationships. Margaret Fuller was their brilliant, free-spirited muse and a model for Hester Prynne. Louisa May Alcott, was forced to support her family because her feckless father, Bronson, had no intention of doing so. Herman Melville briefly entered the enchanted circle through his friendship with Hawthorne. Cheever touches on their love affairs and intellectual platonic attractions, their high-minded idealism, their personal losses, their intermittent misunderstandings and jealousies, the years of penury suffered by all except Emerson and their full-fledged tragedies—such as Margaret Fuller''s drowning. While Cheever sometimes indulges in high-flown speculation about their personal lives, she 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." 8 pages of photos. (Jan.)
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A request to write a new introduction to Louisa May Alcott''s Little Women, writes novelist and memoirist Cheever, inspired her to explore the literary atmosphere of Alcott''s childhood. A daughter of one of the free spirits intellectually supported and financially subsidized by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa intermittently lived in Concord, Massachusetts, where Cheever sets her intimate narratives. She explores the interpersonal relationships linking the prospectively famous writers Emerson drew in. In the transcendentalist florescence of the 1840s and 1850s, the aspirant writers tried out their ideas and idealism in conversation at Emerson''s house, alongside Concord''s roads, or afloat on its creeks. Moving among descriptions of such haunts, Cheever constructs a many-layered contemplation of this distinctive collection of American literary icons in their formative periods, and encompasses day-to-day events and the character of their attractions, as between a married Emerson and Margaret Fuller, whom Emerson lodged in his house. Emotionally warm and critically engaged, Cheever''s history successfully evokes the incubation of Concord''s literary glory. Gilbert Taylor
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Susan Cheever is the bestselling author of eleven 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 writes a weekly column for Newsday and teaches in the Bennington College M.F.A. program. She lives in New York City with her family.

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Deborah Llewellyn
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The power of community to promote genius
Reviewed in the United States on May 20, 2021
This book tells another story that augments both the literature and biographies written on some of the great American writers and thinkers in the 1850s. It talks about the relationships among them and how this affected their life and writing. I had read biographies on all... See more
This book tells another story that augments both the literature and biographies written on some of the great American writers and thinkers in the 1850s. It talks about the relationships among them and how this affected their life and writing. I had read biographies on all the featured characters and learned so much more about the. I loved the book. I am fascinated by genius clusters; and this provided another take on the concept.
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This is the best, most human presentation of the Transcendentalist I have ...
Reviewed in the United States on July 5, 2016
This is the best, most human presentation of the Transcendentalist I have read & I am an avid fan of Margaret Fuller. This book really made all the personalities come alive with strengths and weaknesses. Highly recommend.
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Avoid the Kindle edition!
Reviewed in the United States on December 11, 2011
Do NOT buy the Kindle edition of this book! Underscore... Emphasize in italics and boldface! To begin with, it''s made from the early edition, which is rife with factual errors, reportedly corrected in a later edition. It is full of uncorrected garbled-type... See more
Do NOT buy the Kindle edition of this book! Underscore... Emphasize in italics and boldface!

To begin with, it''s made from the early edition, which is rife with factual errors, reportedly corrected in a later edition. It is full of uncorrected garbled-type typographical errors -- unpardonable in a retail ebook.

It also lacks a proper cover, using the title page for a cover, which I begrudgingly accept from free, public-domain stuff but not in a $12 ebook from a mainstream publisher. When I buy a retail book from a bookstore, I expect it to be the current, corrected edition -- fully proof-read -- and to have a cover on it. I expect no less from an ebook. Raspberries to Simon and Schuster for producing it and to Amazon for selling it.

Simon and Schuster are not alone. Many mainstream publishers are selling ebooks that are the equivalent of charging hardback book prices for a loose pages of an uncorrected proof run off on the copier at the Post Office. If publishers expect us to pay full-price money for ebooks and not steal them off the internet, they owe us a quality product, not some poorly formatted, hastily thrown-together, out-of-date edition.
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Pleasant, gently informative reading
Reviewed in the United States on April 17, 2008
AMERICAN BLOOMSBURY is a study of the "genius cluster" centered in Concord, Massachusetts, 1835 - 1888, beginning with the arrival of Ralph Waldo Emerson and ending with the death of the last of the neighborhood''s classic writers in the neighborhood. With the inheritance... See more
AMERICAN BLOOMSBURY is a study of the "genius cluster" centered in Concord, Massachusetts, 1835 - 1888, beginning with the arrival of Ralph Waldo Emerson and ending with the death of the last of the neighborhood''s classic writers in the neighborhood. With the inheritance from a short-lived first wife from a wealthy family, Emerson largely supported friends like Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, the Alcott family and Margaret Fuller as they launched their careers. They shared Transcendentalism and a passion for intellectual pursuit. As in most close-knit communities, they had their intrigues, jealousies and fall-outs. The hope and beauty of a New England spring day is reflected in their early ambitions and again in their salutes to one another at the end of their lives. The themes they drew on, the events they witnessed at home and abroad, and the impact of the Civil War articulate the greater American experience of the 19th century.

Though I''m very familiar with the writers'' works, I hadn''t studied their lives closely and this was a good general introduction, often full of surprises. Cheever vividly evokes the personages and setting with a storyteller''s skill. I did not realize how fully she developed them until I felt the pang of loss as their mortality set in. This is by no means exhaustive biography or history; in fact, Cheever moves through it rather breathlessly. Her style is intended for a very general audience, not an academic one.

The book is not perfect. Although she moves from 1835 to the last death, of Louisa May Alcott who is only a child at the outset, Cheever chooses to order her information around themes or events in their lives, which do not necessarily flow chronologically. She kind of swirls around and around as she moves through the 19th century. In one chapter, even one paragraph, she may bounce back and forth between several years. The coming of the railroad is experienced more than once, though from slightly different perspectives. Poor Margaret Fuller drowns at least 3 times. Sometimes you are left asking, now when exactly is this happening? Her chapters are quite short, 3 - 5 pages, which makes for a rather breakneck pace through the facts. She provides a time line, plenty of research notes and citations and an extensive bibliography at the back of the book that help answer questions that may arise.
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Mozette
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Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2019
Quite informative and a great addition to other readings of Emerson, Fuller, Alcott, Thoreau, and Hawthorne.
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This Just Doesn''t Work- Too Slanted With Guesses And Factual Mistakes
Reviewed in the United States on May 18, 2016
The failures of fact in this book- on purpose or not- turn this into more fiction than fact; even the works the author cites don''t hold up many of the claims in that book that they are supposedly included to buttress. With so many journals and letters available from the... See more
The failures of fact in this book- on purpose or not- turn this into more fiction than fact; even the works the author cites don''t hold up many of the claims in that book that they are supposedly included to buttress. With so many journals and letters available from the time you''d e better off reading those instead of this book if you want a sense of the people written about in this book.
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Nomi Redding
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Creativity abounds
Reviewed in the United States on January 12, 2008
Susan Cheever brings a fantastic idea for a book with an extremely inventive design to almost perfect fruition. Her fascination with the intertwined lives of Alcott, Emerson, Fuller, Hawthorne, and Thoreau is contagious. I appreciated that she lent her own voice and... See more
Susan Cheever brings a fantastic idea for a book with an extremely inventive design to almost perfect fruition. Her fascination with the intertwined lives of Alcott, Emerson, Fuller, Hawthorne, and Thoreau is contagious. I appreciated that she lent her own voice and sensibility to the content-it brought to life these nineteenth century authors with ageless human dilemmas. Cheever is clear in her beginning note the structure of the book will repeat events, from different perspectives. It is this aspect I felt developed less well than I had hoped. For a relatively short book with very short chapters, I found some of the repeat visits to a topic more tedious than illuminating. The best part: I learned a lot from a very fast and enjoyable read. The worst part: I
wanted to know more. Of course, that is not altogether a bad thing.
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EP
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Cursory look at literary figures
Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2007
I had high hopes for American Bloomsbury after hearing Susan Cheever interviewed on NPR. Some of what she wrote was interesting and new to me, but overall the book was not satisfying. It was interesting to read biographical details, especially of Thoreau and Hawthorne,... See more
I had high hopes for American Bloomsbury after hearing Susan Cheever interviewed on NPR. Some of what she wrote was interesting and new to me, but overall the book was not satisfying. It was interesting to read biographical details, especially of Thoreau and Hawthorne, but I felt that she was just scratching the surface and not really delving into her subjects'' lives or works. She also has the annoying habit of adding uninteresting tidbits about her visits to the authors'' homes or towns which don''t really add anything to the narrative. I don''t know enough about these figures to know what I was missing, but that didn''t stop me from feeling that there was more to know.
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A vivid Account of the Background to Little Women
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 8, 2018
The recent BBC adaptation of Little Women drew me to this book. The Alcott novel was clearly autobiographical to some degree and I wished to know more about the author. She was in fact a member of a family that lived for large parts of their lives around the 1840s to 1860s...See more
The recent BBC adaptation of Little Women drew me to this book. The Alcott novel was clearly autobiographical to some degree and I wished to know more about the author. She was in fact a member of a family that lived for large parts of their lives around the 1840s to 1860s in the small town of Concord on the edge of Boston, forming part of a community of progressive writers and intellectuals. Beyond their names, most English readers will have little awareness of the various folk who figure in Cheever''s fascinating reconstruction of their lives and times - Ralph Waldo Emerson (philosopher), Margaret Fuller (journalist and feminist), Nathaniel Hawthorne (novelist), Henry Thoreau ( pioneer environmentalist and author of Walden), with the poets Longfellow and Whitman hovering round the edges as well as Herman Melville (author of Moby Dick). A truly rich and varied network of talents. Cheever paints a a vivid picture of their lives and often fraught relationships against a backcloth of growing tensions in the young American society around issues such as slavery and urbanisation. Chapters are short and the book is very readable; I found it an excellent introduction to an era and place of which I knew virtually nothing. And it really does set Louisa May Alcott and her moving story about the joys and struggles of a New England family in context.
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I have read just the first few pages so far ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 12, 2014
I have read just the first few pages so far.but Susan Cheever''s style is immediately engaging and full of enthusiasm for her subject. I look forward to the rest..
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