“American Doomsbury” Concord Born: Inspiring or Intimidating?

I have been extremely lax in writing…I need to work on getting back into posting daily. In the meantime, here is was from the past.

Quiet Desperation

While perusing my shelves recently I came upon a book titled, American Bloomsbury: Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau: Their lives, Their loves, Their work.

Written by Susan Cheever, this collection of tales delves into the private and intimate lives of these well-known authors. Cheever’s writing drew me in from the start, the content revealing so many personal details about the “literary elite” of Concord that reading at times felt like voyeurism. I recommend this book to anyone interested in this intellectual, transcendental, free-thinking, and at times scandalous group of writers. While many have touted the inaccuracies of Cheever’s tales, and her redundancy at times, I have not wanted to put it down. So, as some debate continues as to whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, it has no bearing on my reason for this post, and I don’t really care.


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By Kim13 Posted in Life

3 comments on ““American Doomsbury” Concord Born: Inspiring or Intimidating?

  1. At the risk of being deleted again, may I say, a second time, that while there will always be greater and lesser than any one of us, what’s important is that you write from your heart. The people we lionize today, were not necessarily revered in their own time.

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