Thu. Jun 30th, 2022

Introduction: Synopsis of “Married by Mistake”: The End of a Married Marriage and the Tale of a Beloved Husband Who Willingly Betrayed His Wife and Faced His Own Sinner’s Wife

Married by mistake: Mr. Whitman’s sinner wife is a 1909 novel written by 16th child and one of America’s first bestselling authors, David Henry Thoreau (his name at birth was Henry David Thoreau). It was published in Boston by Ticknor, Reed, and Fields. It is a novel that tells of a man who falls in love with a married woman. The novel is set in New York City and depicts the romantic adventures of the protagonist. He moves to Boston and becomes close friends with other important writers including John Greenleaf Whittier, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau (David Henry Thoreau), Oliver Wendell Holmes, William Cullen Bryant and James Russell Lowell. He works at a dry goods store, where he befriends the merchant’s daughter.
The protagonist is troubled by having fallen in love with a married woman who has two children. He and his friend agree that the best way to deal with the situation is through marriage. The protagonist proposes to her and she agrees to marry him, even though she is still legally married to her husband. They are finally wed, but only after the protagonist has to pass his own sinner’s wife. This is the beginning of a thirteen-book series that introduced Thoreau’s controversial view of marriage and its effects on society, which was influenced by his personal experiences and philosophical ideals.

married by mistake: mr. whitman's sinner wife by sixteenth child
married by mistake: mr. whitman’s sinner wife by sixteenth child

Mrs. Whitman was Mr. Whitman’s twelve-year-old third wife. She had been married to him for two years when he left her for another woman three years ago. For the next five months his actions were serious enough that it became public knowledge; Mrs. Whitman got pregnant after being raped by one man after another. When she miscarried at least six times during a pregnancy her husband refused to believe that this was God’s will honoring Him through her suffering

The novel did not sell very well in its initial publication. The reason is unknown. But people have praised the novel for its interesting plot and its ability to depict life when the author was young (David Henry Thoreau was born in 1833), as well as for its literary value. The modern reader may find the story shocking, but it is well written and has enjoyed some popularity among the more radical types. Millions of copies have been sold worldwide.
Portions of the novel have been set to music and performed on numerous occasions, including film. The piece “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” appears in Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Four Sea Interludes. Johann Sebastian Bach included a version of “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” in his Anniversarium Musicum. A new version of the poem was written in the Franco-American style by Charles LaFranchise and performed by Charles LaFranchise and George Cooke (LaFranchise), accompanied by the University of Oregon band.
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married by mistake: mr. whitman's sinner wife by sixteenth child
married by mistake: mr. whitman’s sinner wife by sixteenth child