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The Lively Place

Mount Auburn, America's First Garden Cemetery, and Its Revolutionary and Literary Residents

Author: Stephen Kendrick

The story of one of the Boston area’s most famous attractions, the Mount Auburn Cemetery, and how its founders and “residents” have influenced American culture

When Mount Auburn Cemetery was founded, in 1831, it revolutionized the way Americans mourned the dead by offering a peaceful space for contemplation. This cemetery, located not far from Harvard University, was also a place that reflected and instilled an imperative to preserve and protect nature in a rapidly industrializing culture—lessons that would influence the creation of Central Park, the cemetery at Gettysburg, and the National Parks system. Even today this urban wildlife habitat and nationally recognized hotspot for migratory songbirds continues to connect visitors with nature and serves as a model for sustainable landscape practices. Beyond Mount Auburn’s prescient focus on conservation, it also reflects the impact of Transcendentalism and the progressive spirit in American life seen in advances in science, art, and religion and in social reform movements. In The Lively Place, Stephen Kendrick celebrates this vital piece of our nation’s history, as he tells the story of Mount Auburn’s founding, its legacy, and the many influential Americans interred there, from religious leaders to abolitionists, poets, and reformers.
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“Reading Stephen Kendrick’s The Lively Place is like having a séance with the great minds of New England’s past. From Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to Buckminster Fuller and Bernard Malamud, Harriet Jacobs and Julia Ward Howe to Mary Baker Eddy, they’re here as conversing, vibrant presences in Kendrick’s telling. Even if not buried in the nation’s oldest garden cemetery, eminences like Emerson and Thoreau pass through or, like Margaret Fuller, find representation in monuments. The Lively Place is both education and inspiration, like Mount Auburn Cemetery itself.”
—Megan Marshall, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life

“In The Lively Place, Stephen Kendrick revives Emerson, Fuller, Howe, and other luminaries to take us on a delightful tour of a graveyard that is one of America’s most beautiful public spaces.”
—Eve LaPlante, author of Marmee & Louisa

Into the Garden

Consecration Day
From Crypt to Garden
Finding Yourself Lost
A New Manifestation
An Earthly Paradise

Sacred Tourists
Candles in the Dark
Frozen Transcendentalism
The Rivals
The Poet and the Abolitionist
“So Young and Victorious”

Going Over the Ground
Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory
The Time of the Singing of Birds
”My Story Ends in Freedom...”
Grave Words

Greening A Natural Shift
Melting Art
Call Me Trimtab
The Experimental Garden
The Sphinx Bigelow Redux

A New Adam and Eve

The Residents—Where to Find Them



The Lively Place

ISBN: 978-080706629-4
Publication Date: 4/5/2016
Size:5.5 x 8.5 Inches (US)
Price:  $16.00
Format: Paperback
Availability: In stock.