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Preview — Fruitlands by Richard Francis
Fruitlands: The Alcott Family and Their Search for Utopia
This is the first definitive account of Fruitlands, one of history’s most unsuccessful—but most significant—utopian experiments. It was established in Massachusetts in 1843 by Bronson Alcott (whose ten-year-old daughter Louisa May, future author of Little Women, was among the members) and an Englishman called Charles Lane, under the watchful gaze of Emerson, Thoreau, and o...more
I think it’s so fascinating how Bronson was such a radical but how he was kind of a mess of a human being himself. Okay, that’s a little harsh, but I just love seeing the relationship dynamics between him and his wife as they struggle to unders ...more
The inter-connected friendships of Alcott, Emerson and Thoreau as well as the people who sought differing lifestyles in the communities spinging up in Europe and New England was educationa ...more
You'll see a lot more background information about Bronson Alcott and about Charles Lane in this book than you've probably seen in other books. It's largely based on surviving diary entries and letters from the family, friends, and resid ...more
search and rescue dogs were used to find victims and possible survivors in the rubble. Why not have a dog help find the hostages and rescue them with his handler. On hikes and walks I would carry a note book and write down ideas for the story. And of course my inspiration and co-worker LT. has been to all my booksignings and also signs the ...more