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The Concord quartet : Alcott, Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau, and the friendship that freed the American mind

Author: Samuel A Schreiner, Jr.
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Schreiner, Samuel Agnew.
Concord quartet.
Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, ©2006
(OCoLC)607690236
Named Person: Amos Bronson Alcott; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Henry David Thoreau; Amos Bronson Alcott; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Henry David Thoreau
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel A Schreiner, Jr.
ISBN: 0471646636 9780471646631
OCLC Number: 62281939
Description: ix, 246 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: A homecoming --
A meeting of minds --
A new voice --
A man who "looks answers" --
"A beacon fire of truth" --
A parting of the ways --
A president's man --
A transcendental martyr --
A time for dying --
A long good-bye.
Responsibility: Samuel A. Schreiner, Jr.
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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."--Jacket.

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