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The Peabody Sisters
The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism - Megan Marshall
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Elizabeth, Mary, and Sophia Peabody were in many ways our American Brontes. The story of these remarkable sisters ? and their central role in shaping the thinking of their day ? has never before been fully told. Twenty years in the making, Megan Marshall's monumental biograpy brings the era of creative ferment known as American Romanticism to new life. Elizabeth, the oldest sister, was a mind-on-fire thinker. A powerful influence on the great writers of the era ? Emerson, Hawthorne, and Thoreau among them ? she also published some of their earliest works. It was Elizabeth who prodded these newly minted Transcendentalists away from Emerson's individualism and toward a greater connection to others. Mary was a determined and passionate reformer who finally found her soul mate in the great educator Horace Mann. The frail Sophia was a painter who won the admiration of the preeminent society artists of the day. She married Nathaniel Hawthorne ? but not before Hawthorne threw the delicate dynamics among the sisters into disarray. Marshall focuses on the moment when the Peabody sisters made their indelible mark on history. Her unprecedented research into these lives uncovered thousands of letters never read before as well as other previously unmined original sources. The Peabody Sisters casts new light on a legendary American era. Its publication is destined to become an event in American biography.

This book is highly recommended for students and reading groups interested in American history, American literature, and women's studies. It is a wonderful look into 19th-century life.

Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 2005, Paper Back Edition.
Thoreau's Walden
Thoreau's Walden, Henry David Thoreau
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Smith, Tim. Thoreau's Walden. Arcadia Publishing: 2002. Paperback.

From Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series, Thoreau's Walden presents the history and beauty of Walden Pond through Henry David Thoreau's writings and Tim Smith's historical research and photography.

 

The Great Meadow
The Great Meadow: Farmers and the Land in Colonial Concord - Brian Donahue
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Describes in detail how the land was settled and how mixed husbandry was developed in the area of Concord that Thoreau would later call The Great Fields.
Yale University Press, 2004. Paperback, 310 pp. x 10 inch format.
To Set This World Right: The Antislavery Movement in Thoreau's Concord - Sandra Harbert Petrulionis
To Set This World Right: The Antislavery Movement in Thoreau's Concord - Sandra Harbert Petrulionis
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In the Decade before the Civil War, Concord, MA, was a center of abolitionist sentiment and activism. This is the first book to recover and examine the voices, events, and influences of the antebellum antislavery movement in Concord. In addressing fundamental questions about the origin and nature of radical abolitionism in this most American of towns, Sandra Harbert Petrulionis frames the antislavery ideology of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson - two of Concord's most famous residents - as a product of family and community activism and presents the civic context in which their outspoken abolitionism evolved. This book was reviewed in Thoreau Society Bulletin 258, Spring 2007, p. 5.

Sandra Harbert Petrulionis is Associate Professor of English at Penn State Altoona. She is the editor of Journal 8: 1854 in the Writings of Henry David Thoreau and coeditor of More Day to Dawn: Thoreau's Walden for the Twenty-first Century.
Ithaca, NY and London, England: Cornell University Press, 2007. 233 pp. Cloth.

Deep Travel: In Thoreau's Wake on the Concord and Merrimack - David K. Leff
Deep Travel: In Thoreau's Wake on the Concord and Merrimack - David K. Leff
Our Price: $32.00

In the hot summer of 2004, the author floated away from the routine of daily life just as Henry David Thoreau and his brother had done in their own small boat in 1839. This first-person narrative uses his ecological way of looking, of going deep rather than far, to show that our outward journeys are inseparable from our inward ones. This book was reviewed in Thoreau Society Bulletin 271, Summer 2010, p. 12.
Iowa University Press, Hard cover, 264 pp.
Black Walden, Elise Lemire
Black Walden, Elise Lemire
Our Price: $32.50

Hard Cover, 220 pp.  Author Elise Lemire presents in a vivid fashion the little known story of slavery in Concord, and the history of the black families there from the time before the Revolution throgh the time of the Civil War.  Thoreau's famous Walden Woods was home to several generations of freed slaves and their children.  Subtitled "Slavery and its Aftermath in Concord Massachusetts" this book shows us another side of the history of the birthplace of the Revolution and the home of the Transcendentalists.
An Observant Eye: The Thoreau Collecton at the Concord Museum - David F. Wood
An Observant Eye: The Thoreau Collecton at the Concord Museum - David F. Wood
Our Price: $39.95

In this first, fully illustrated publication about the Concord Museum's extraordinary Thoreau collection, David Wood skillfully demonstrates how Thoreau found significant meaning in both contemporary and historical objects. A real treasure, this 8" by 9" hard cover book not only shows in color photographs many of the artifacts in this collection, but also discusses how details of Thoreau's life can be discerned in these objects, and the role that these objects actually played in Thoreau's intellectual life. This book was reviewed in Thoreau Society Bulletin 257, Winter 2007, p. 6.
Hardcover, 159 pp.