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Mr. Emerson's Wife

Mr. Emerson's Wife

A Novel

Amy Belding Brown

St. Martin's Press




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 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.


Mr. Emerson's Wife

January 1835 - April 1839
A woman of well-regulated feelings and an active mind may be very happy in single life--far happier than she could be made by a marriage...


Praise for Mr. Emerson's Wife

“Amy Belding Brown's novel is a beautiful work that renders effortlessly the sentiments and sensuousness of a woman who is, to use Ms. Brown's own terms, "at war with herself, a woman of opposites who yearns to reconcile her mental acuity with her emotional sensitivity." The spiritual, emotional and intellectual lives she is after illuminating for us are wonderfully ambitious, and it is quite refreshing to see that ambition backed up with a quality of writing that bears up to the weight of its subject matter.” —Bret Lott, author of A Song I Knew by Heart

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About the author

Amy Belding Brown

Amy Belding Brown, a graduate of Bates College, received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Vermont College. Her publication credits include Yankee, Good Housekeeping, American Way and other national and regional magazines. The wife of a United Church of Christ minister and mother of four, she works as an educator and historical interpreter at the Orchard House museum in Concord, Massachusetts.

Amy Belding Brown

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