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The Concord Quartet: Alcott, Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau and the Friendship That Freed the American Mind
     

The Concord Quartet: Alcott, Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau and the Friendship That Freed the American Mind

by Samuel A. Schreiner Jr.
 

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"We will walk on our own feet;

we will work with our own hands;

we will speak our own minds."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The American Scholar," 1837

From the start of transcendentalism and America's intellectual renaissance in the 1830s, to the Civil War and beyond, the story of four extraordinary friends whose lives shaped a

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"We will walk on our own feet;

we will work with our own hands;

we will speak our own minds."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The American Scholar," 1837

From the start of transcendentalism and America's intellectual renaissance in the 1830s, to the Civil War and beyond, the story of four extraordinary friends whose lives shaped a nation

"Beginning in the 1830s, coincidences that seem almost miraculous in retrospect brought together in Concord as friends and neighbors four men of very different temperaments and talents who shared the same conviction that the soul had 'inherent power to grasp the truth' and that the truth would make men free of old constraints on thought and behavior. In addition to Emerson, a philosopher, there was Amos Bronson Alcott, an educator; Henry David Thoreau, a naturalist and rebel; and Nathaniel Hawthorne, a novelist. This book is the story of that unique and influential friendship in action, of the lives the friends led, and their work that resulted in an enduring change in their nation's direction."
--From the Prologue

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Although Transcendentalism was the most important literary movement of 19th century American literature, it can seem remote to modern readers. In an ambitious step forward from his family biography, The Passionate Beechers, veteran journalist Schreiner attempts a joint biography of the major figures of Transcendentalism, tracing through letters and writings the personal and literary growth of Bronson Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau. With his sturdy prose and judicious quotes, Schreiner covers the joys and travails of these struggling New England writers from youth through marriage, the birth and death of children, and the final parting. Although much has to be excluded for such a compact study, Schreiner produces a coherent narrative aimed at the general reader, with a good general bibliography and index. With numerous illustrations-who knew Nathaniel Hawthorne was so handsome?-which help to bolster the narrative. For general collections.-Shelley Cox, emerita, Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale, IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118040096
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
12/22/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,272,568
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Samuel A. Schreiner Jr., a veteran journalist and former senior editor at Reader's Digest, is the author of both novels and nonfiction, including The Trials of Mrs. Lincoln, Henry Clay Frick: The Gospel of Greed, and The Passionate Beechers: A Family Saga of Sanctity and Scandal That Changed America. He lives in Darien, Connecticut.

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