The Concord Quartet (Hardcover)

Alcott, Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau and the Friendship That Freed the American Mind

By Samuel A. Schreiner

Wiley (TP), 9780471646631, 246pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2006

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We will walk on our own feet;

we will work with our own hands;

we will speak our own minds.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson, ""The American Scholar,"" 1837

From the start of transcendentalism and America's intellectual renaissance in the 1830s, to the Civil War and beyond, the story of four extraordinary friends whose lives shaped a nation

""Beginning in the 1830s, coincidences that seem almost miraculous in retrospect brought together in Concord as friends and neighbors four men of very different temperaments and talents who shared the same conviction that the soul had 'inherent power to grasp the truth' and that the truth would make men free of old constraints on thought and behavior. In addition to Emerson, a philosopher, there was Amos Bronson Alcott, an educator; Henry David Thoreau, a naturalist and rebel; and Nathaniel Hawthorne, a novelist. This book is the story of that unique and influential friendship in action, of the lives the friends led, and their work that resulted in an enduring change in their nation's direction.""
--From the Prologue.

About the Author

Samuel A. Schreiner Jr., a veteran journalist and former senior editor at "Reader's Digest," is the author of both novels and nonfiction, including "The Trials of Mrs. Lincoln, Henry Clay Frick: The Gospel of Greed," and "The Passionate Beechers: A Family Saga of Sanctity and Scandal That Changed America." He lives in Darien, Connecticut.