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Mr. Emerson's Wife by Amy Belding Brown
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Amazing novel. Well researched and well-imagined. Amy Belding Brown imbues Lidian Emerson with reality and vibrant pulsating life. She was intellectually and emotionally way ahead of her time, yet staunchly inhibited by her religious orthodoxy and the expectations of behavior for 19th century women. I only wish that (the real or imagined) letters from Henry David Thoreau to Lidian Emerson were still in existence. One wonders if such love letters ever existed. Brown's writing brings the honored Transcendental philosopher poets, Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, vividly to life. You can feel their human qualities in their every movement and glance. They showed remarkable strengths and intensely focused passions. They had remarkable insights, and were devoted to a new way of being with friendship and human discourse elevated to new heights. This book exposes their wisdom, frailties, humility, courage, and dreams. Reading this book has inspired me to begin reading the complete works of Henry David Thoreau - essays, novels, poetry. Thoreau is a human being that I would love to have been with - to simply be silent, listening to birds in the woods, picking wildflowers, and walking by the lake at sunrise.
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December 21, 2016 – Started Reading
December 21, 2016 – Shelved
December 26, 2016 – Finished Reading

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