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American Bloomsbury by Susan Cheever
American Bloomsbury explores what Henry James called "biggest little place in America," Concord, Massachusetts in the 1830s and its literary residents, Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Henry David Thoreau. This group of friends created some of the best American literature of the 19th century including The Scarlet Letter, Moby-Dick, Walden, and Little Women. Living in such close proximity not only inspired their writing careers, but also resulted in various romances and longings within the group. Susan Cheever brings not only these literary giants to life, but also Concord in the 1830s. American Bloomsbury has received mostly positive reviews with BookPage saying, "Cheever's enthusiasm for her subjects comes through on every page of American Bloomsbury. She introduces us to these writers as human beings rather than literary monuments. After reading her book, many will be inspired to read or reread the works of this extraordinary group of writers."