Mr. Emerson's Wife

Mr Emerson s Wife In this novel about Ralph Waldo Emerson s wife Lidian Amy Belding Brown examines the emotional landscape of love and marriage Living in the shadow of one of the most famous men of her time Lidian b

  • Title: Mr. Emerson's Wife
  • Author: Amy Belding Brown
  • ISBN: 9780312336370
  • Page: 323
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Mr. Emerson's Wife

    In this novel about Ralph Waldo Emerson s wife, Lidian, Amy Belding Brown examines the emotional landscape of love and marriage Living in the shadow of one of the most famous men of her time, Lidian becomes deeply disappointed by marriage, but consigned to public silence by social conventions and concern for her family s reputation Drawn to the erotic energy and intellecIn this novel about Ralph Waldo Emerson s wife, Lidian, Amy Belding Brown examines the emotional landscape of love and marriage Living in the shadow of one of the most famous men of her time, Lidian becomes deeply disappointed by marriage, but consigned to public silence by social conventions and concern for her family s reputation Drawn to the erotic energy and intellect of close family friend Henry David Thoreau, she struggles to negotiate the confusing territory between love and friendship while maintaining her moral authority and inner strength In the course of the book, she deals with overwhelming social demands, faces devastating personal loss, and discovers the deepest meaning of love Lidian eventually encounters the truth of her own character and learns that even our faults can lead us to independence.

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    1. Shannon

      Waldo's always irritated me, but this book seriously made me hate him more, while mitigating my dislike of Thoreau. A great book about an interesting woman, plus it features Scarlet fever, which is one of my favorite diseases. A must read for anyone who's ever wished they could go back in time and give Ralph Waldo Emerson a throat-punch.

    2. Susan Bailey

      Reading the last few words, I slowly closed Mr. Emerson’s Wife and felt a welling up inside of emotion. I was so tied to the character of Lidian Jackson Emerson that I felt they were her emotions too.This is how Amy Belding Brown’s book hit me. I lived inside of Mr. Emerson’s Wife for the last couple of weeks, crawling inside the head, the skin and the heart of Lidian Jackson Emerson. I loved Mr. Emerson as she loved him, felt the bitter disappointment and anger of promises not kept, and s [...]

    3. Sandy

      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 T [...]

    4. Arapahoe Libraries

      This is a beautiful debut novel featuring the portrait of a marriage between an independent, fascinating woman and one of America's greatest philosophers, Ralph Waldo Emerson. It's an extraordinary read in which the author brings the 19th century to life, and takes an imaginative leap combining fiction with factual history.Once married, the intelligent and passionate Mrs. Emerson discovers her husband's secret obsession. After years of hurt and loneliness she moves beyond duty and ultimately suc [...]

    5. Karyl

      I was drawn into the story of Lydia (Lidian) Jackson from the very first few pages. It's rare that a book grips me so tightly, so I dove head-first into this novel and relished every second. It took me roughly two and a half days to get through this book, and only because I had a family to take care of in between reading sessions. Lydia (renamed Lidian by her husband, Ralph Waldo Emerson) is a strong woman with strong convictions. Still unmarried in her early 30s, she has no interest in shacklin [...]

    6. Renee

      I have not, in recent history, read anything so profoundly disturbing. If it weren't the March selection for the book discussion group I've been attending I would have put it down before I was half done.I only had a layman's knowledge of Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Transcendentalists before starting this book. After reading it, I have no desire to read anything of Emerson's -- or about Emerson -- ever again. I realize that everyone is a product of their time -- no matter how enlightened they thi [...]

    7. Melissa

      Written by an educator at Orchard House (Alcott's home), I was instantly intrigued--after all, I'm a musuem educator! I'm always cautious of books that take very famous people and imagine the rest of the story. Occasionally, I am horrified (though I rarely stop reading--it's that whole accident on a freeway syndrome). However, this book was fabulous. A wonderful psychological study of a woman who marries late in life to a genius--and finds that marriage to Emerson is not at all what she or he ex [...]

    8. Northshire Bookstore

      If you find yourself yearning for the days when you first read the great 19th century authors, you will want to immerse yourself in this story. I suppose if there are women out there who are still looking for their soul mate, they will be able to take heart in the poignant and expertly rendered tale of Lydian Jackson Emerson and the great intellectual and emotional fever that infected both men and women of the time. Absolutely stunning historical fiction. -- Karen F.

    9. Robin

      In the novelized account of one woman's life, Amy Belding Brown captures the dilemma of all who expect to makeover marriage in their own style. The language and pace of the book recreate an era without becoming unnecessarily stilted to a modern ear. Of course, filling in the "cracks" - the authors own words - left me wanting to explore the work of those who held to a more factual account, such as Delores Bird Carpenter or Ellen Tucker Emerson.

    10. Amy Renshaw

      I really loved this story of a brilliant, independent woman of the 1800s and the complexities of being married to the famous writer, Ralph Waldo Emerson. The author created an engaging love story, full of family challenges and interactions with other writers like Henry David Thoreau and the Alcotts.

    11. Kim

      The research that went into this book is just AMAZING. Although it's a fictional account, it felt like it was real, that it easily could have happened. The only reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 was because the detail sometimes slowed me down. Too much detail and not enough story in a couple parts.

    12. Ruth Bobzin

      Enjoyable historical fiction.Pleasing read with reference to 19th century transcendentalists.Romance is fictional and at many times implausible but there is something honest about the characters the author creates from historical characters.

    13. Dorothy

      This book made me feel I lived through the periodI enjoyed learning more about Emerson and Thoreau. I also had a deeper appreciation for the devastating effects of illness on family life,and the restrictions society placed on nineteenth century women.

    14. Samantha

      I do not know how accurate this story was, but it kept me captivated to the last page because of its love story and close friendships. You see a side of Ralph Waldo Emerson that many do not hear about since it looks beyond his writing.

    15. Cynthia Graham

      Mr. Emerson's Wife is a subtle, adult love story filled with the ebb and flow and nuances that love often brings. Cast with some of the greatest minds in American thinking, it is a joy for any fan of Transcendentalism or the minds that created and lived it.

    16. Linda

      Fully fictional story about a relationship between Lydian Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Tedious to get through.

    17. Donna Kirk

      Apendix to original review: This book is incredible. My friend Michele bought me a copy for my birthday. it's about ralph waldo emerson's wife. she is an amazing woman and her reticence to becoming a wife is heartfelt. her instinct to remian a strong self reliant female was over ridden by her deep love of emerson's lectures she witnessed in plymouth during cold winter nights. He proposed to her immediately after a few weeks having met her because of her strong mind and sensibilities. This book i [...]

    18. Deb

      I loved this book, the relationships and emotions seemed realistic, the writing was great and the story was moving. It is the story of Ralph Waldo Emerson's second wife, Lidian, written in the first person narrative. I deeply enjoyed the author's take (it is historical fiction) on Lidian's relationship with her husband and believe it was quite plausible. But more than that, their relationship thoroughly illustrated the reality of 1800s society for women! Should be required reading for young wome [...]

    19. Annette

      I’ve read metaphysical writings by Emerson and was excited about getting to know the man from behind his philosophies. A man of great discipline, spending most of his time in his study room. After the death of his first wife and both brothers, he loses his faith in God and devotes himself to metaphysics.This historical romance starts very strong with a lot of substance, but it doesn’t hold. I thought that creating a story about such two intelligent minds was bound to be a read with a lot of [...]

    20. Barb

      Anatomy of a MarriageThis was my book club's most recent selection. We read March by Geraldine Brooks last year and I thought this would be an interesting and related choice. I don't think the cover is indicative of the story the book holds. And I don't agree with the quote from Susan Cheever on the cover, "A soaring imaginative leap, this book combines detailed history with a page-turning illicit love story." Don't be fooled, this is not a romance novel and it doesn't 'burn with passion'. I hav [...]

    21. Annie Falcke

      I found this book profoundly sad. I read it over two days and it was one of those books I had to keep reading 'to get it over with'. I didn't want to live in its headspace for longer than absolutely necessary. There was so much death, despair, and self-pity. I found the protagonist self righteous to start with, and then increasingly inconsistent and flimsy Her portrait was painted as a 'sinner and a saint' without really sketching the grey area in between the two where the reality probably lay, [...]

    22. Judy

      Utterly fascinating. I could not stop reading this book, and didn't pick it particularly because I'm interested in Emerson or Transcendentalism -- I was snowed in with a blizzard raging outside and needed diversion. Well, I definitely got it. This page-turner, beautifully written and well-crafted, is more an internal dialogue than a real work of historical fiction. Irving Stone's "Love is Eternal" came to mind when I was reading it, as that was another work that told the story of a great man thr [...]

    23. Katie

      This book caught my eye because I teach Mr. Emerson every year in my American Lit class and so I thought I would enjoy a novel about his wife. (I always like to get the female perspective too!). We'll see how it goes--the first few chapters seem good!Ok, now I'm finished. I liked many things about this book--the references to women of the time period and Transcendentalism. Emerson's failings as a husband are pretty awful--I cannot imagine being married to a man still in love with his dead first [...]

    24. Robin Moore

      On a cold night in January Lydia Jackson goes to a lecture in Plymouth given by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Shortly after that the 2 are married. They feel they have much in common with regard to their views on love and friendship, and how this would be manifested in a marriage. But the complexities of marriage, friendship, life, death & love in Victorian New England (Concord) make things difficult. Emerson enjoys a stellar standing in the community (and beyond; he travels to lecture quite often). [...]

    25. Lisa of Hopewell

      My only question about Amy Belding Brown's Mr. Emerson's Wife is WHY did I leave it on my to read list so long! This was superb! It's one of those book I wish I had written--it's that "real" and that moving. These are not cardboard cutouts of famous men and women. These are REAL people and they come alive on Ms. Brown's pages. The passion, grief, longing, heartache, joy, lust, ennui, fickleness, commitment and endurance of a deeply-felt marriage is all right here in one book. These are not mere [...]

    26. JoAnne Pulcino

      This is a beautiful debut novel featuring the portrait of a marriage between an independent, fascinating woman and one of America's greatest philosophers, Ralph Waldo Emerson. It's an extraordinary read in which the author brings the 19th century to life, and takes an imaginative leap combining fiction with factual history. Once married, the intelligent and passionate Mrs. Emerson discovers her husband's secret obsession. After years of hurt and loneliness she moves beyond duty and ultimately su [...]

    27. Jill Manske

      This was an interesting and informative book. I had no idea that forward-thinking people in the mid-1800's were discussing women's rights and equality between the genders. It was also an eye opener to realize how common it was for children and adults to die of illnesses that would be treated with antibiotics in a doctor's office today. The author made the characters very real and believable. But it's still historical fiction, emphasis on fiction. The author admits that she didn't have a lot of f [...]

    28. Rose

      I'm a big fan of historical novels written in the first person, so really enjoyed this book written from the perspective of Lydia/Lidian, the second wife of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Having just read "American Bloomsbury" by Susan Cheever, I felt I had some background knowledge of the cast of characters who appear in this book. The writing itself is graceful and a lot of it feels "true" to what is known about the people, though of course some of the events and conversatins may or may not be true sinc [...]

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