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The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism

Elizabeth, Mary, and Sophia Peabody were in many ways our American Brontes. 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. 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.

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.

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Recommended Age Adults
Author Megan Marshall
ISBN 0618711694
Publication Date May 11, 2006
Publisher Mariner Books
Language English