The Concord Quartet

The Concord Quartet

Alcott, Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau, and the Friendship That Freed the American Mind

Book - 2006
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"Ralph Waldo Emerson was not happy to be heading back to Concord, Massachusetts, in the fall of 1834. Although the autumn leaves were brilliant, he could think only of his situation. Having left a job, lost both his wife and brother, and no longer able to rent suitable quarters in Boston, he was returning to the family homestead to figure out what to do next." "That day, no one would have guessed that he was starting a journey that would lead him to an American Renaissance in thought and
philosophy as well as to a friendship that would span decades with three equally remarkable men and neighbors: Nathaniel Hawthorne, novelist; Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author; and Amos Bronson Alcott, educator. As engaging as a novel, The Concord Quartet brings these nineteenth-century cultural icons to life." "Deftly interweaving the everyday dramas of the four men's lives - their marriages, children, friends, accomplishments, disappointments, illnesses, and deaths - as well as
a full account of their books and the development of the transcendentalist philosophies that united them, The Concord Quartet will fascinate readers with its modern resonance, as the men struggled with ideas that still perplex people today."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2006
ISBN: 0471646636 (cloth : acid-free paper)
Branch Call Number: 810.997444 SCH
Characteristics: ix, 246 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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