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Idomen, or The Vale of Yumuri

Maria Gowen Brooks

Idomen (1843) is the creative-nonfiction memoir of the beautiful and brilliant American poetess Maria Gowen Brooks, who was compared in the 19th century to Byron and Swinburne. In it she tells the story of an ill-fated love affair she had twenty years earlier while traveling with her young son in Canada following the death of her much older husband. The traumatic breakup led to suicide attempts on her part, which romantic masochist Brooks byronically relates in full, albeit changing everybody's name. Herself she calls Idomen, which is apparently idiomatic Greek for "we shall see" – as indeed we shall! (Incidentally, the well-traveled Brooks had inherited a plantation in Cuba upon the death of her brother from malaria and went back there to live after Idomen was published, only to die of the same disease herself not long after.) - Summary by Grant Hurlock

Idomen (1843) is the creative-nonfiction memoir of the beautiful and brilliant American poetess Maria Gowen Brooks, who was compared in the 19th century to Byron and Swinburne. In it she tells the story of an ill-fated love affair she had twenty years earlier while traveling with her young son in Canada following the death of her much older husband. The traumatic breakup led to suicide attempts on her part, which romantic masochist Brooks byronically relates in full, albeit changing everybody's name. Herself she calls Idomen, which is apparently idiomatic Greek for "we shall see" – as indeed we shall! (Incidentally, the well-traveled Brooks had inherited a plantation in Cuba upon the death of her brother from malaria and went back there to live after Idomen was published, only to die of the same disease herself not long after.) - Summary by Grant Hurlock
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Idomen (1843) is the creative-nonfiction memoir of the beautiful and brilliant American poetess Maria Gowen Brooks, who was compared in the 19th century to Byron and Swinburne. In it she tells the story of an ill-fated love affair she had twenty years earlier while traveling with her young son in Canada following the death of her much older husband. The traumatic breakup led to suicide attempts on her part, which romantic masochist Brooks byronically relates in full, albeit changing everybody's name. Herself she calls Idomen, which is apparently idiomatic Greek for "we shall see" – as indeed we shall! (Incidentally, the well-traveled Brooks had inherited a plantation in Cuba upon the death of her brother from malaria and went back there to live after Idomen was published, only to die of the same disease herself not long after.) - Summary by Grant Hurlock

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

6h 33m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

34:26


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

16:02


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

13:08


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

20:38


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

15:56


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

25:55


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

23:35


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

22:55


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

21:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

23:22


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

23:44


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

22:32


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

23:29


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

23:19


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

27:59


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

15:06


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

16:35


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

22:32