While American literary history didn't begin in the 1850s in Concord, Massachusetts, it certainly blossomed there. This small town an hour west of Boston was home to a band of writers whose works still resonate with modern readers. In this course, we will read Susan Cheever's American Bloomsbury and examine the way the writers in this group challenged, influenced, and ultimately bettered one another. We'll also read a selection of each author's work in full.
Read: American Bloomsbury: Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau: Their Lives, Their Loves, Their Work , Susan Cheever (ISBN 9780743264624)