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Nathaniel Hawthorne

Full Name: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Gender: Male
Hometown: Salem, Massachusetts
Born: 1804-07-04
Died: 1864-05-19
Number of Works: 562
Nathaniel Hawthorne was a 19th century American novelist and short story writer. He is seen as a key figure in the development of American literature for his tales of the nation's colonial history.

Shortly after graduating from Bowdoin College, Hathorne changed his name to Hawthorne. Hawthorne anonymously published his first work, a novel titled Fanshawe, in 1828. In 1837, he published Twice-Told Tales and became engaged to Sophia Peabody the next year. He worked at a Custom House and joined a Transcendentalist Utopian community, before marrying Peabody in 1842. The couple moved to The Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts, later moving to Salem, the Berkshires, then to The Wayside in Concord. The Scarlet Letter was published in 1850, followed by a succession of other novels. A political appointment took Hawthorne and family to Europe before returning to The Wayside in 1860. Hawthorne died on May 19, 1864, leaving behind his wife and their three children.

Much of Hawthorne's writing centers around New England and many feature moral allegories with a Puritan inspiration. His work is considered part of the Romantic movement and includes novels, short stories, and a biography of his friend, the United States President Franklin Pierce.


ISBN: 0142437263, 9780142437261
Keywords: letter, scarlet
Pages: 228
Published: 1850
  • Rating: 60%

Set in the harsh Puritan community of seventeenth-century Boston, this tale of an adulterous entanglement that results in an illegitimate birth reveals Nathaniel Hawthorne's concerns with the tension between the public and the private selves. Publicly disgraced and ostracized, Hester Prynne draws on her inner strength and certainty of spirit to emerge as the first true heroine of American fiction. Arthur Dimmesdale, trapped by the rules of society, stands as a classic study of a self divided.
ISBN: 0393924769, 9780393924763
Keywords: gables, seven, house
Pages: 502
Published: 1850
  • Rating: 60%

This 1851 classic about an ancient New England mansion, its inhabitants, and curses reflects Hawthorne's recurring theme of ancestral guilt because of his forebears' involvement in the 17th century Salem witch trials.
ISBN: 0486270602, 9780486270609
Keywords: stories, short, brown, goodman
Pages: 128
Published: 1835
  • Rating: 80%

Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote compelling short stories whose appeal has proven evergreen. Here are tales rich in atmosphere and suspense, with plots centering on subjects as diverse as witchcraft, revenge, the power of guilt, and a passion for the beautiful--all in the distinctive voice of one of America's most admired writers.
ISBN: 1419143956, 9781419143953
Keywords: daughter, rappaccini
Pages: 48
Published: 1844
  • Rating: 80%

Nor did he fail again to observe, or imagine, an analogy between the beautiful girl and the gorgeous shrub that hung its gem-like flowers over the fountain; a resemblance which Beatrice seemed to have indulged a fantastic humor in heightening, both by the arrangement of her dress and the selection of its hues.
ISBN: 1406501336, 9781406501339
Keywords: romance, blithedale
Pages: 204
Published: 1852
  • Rating: 60%

Blithedale Farm--a Utopian commune where disillusioned city folk come to find paradise in a farmyard. For Miles Coverdale, the cynical narrator, and his companions--delicate Priscilla, haughty Zenobia and single-minded Hollingsworth--the summertime fields of Blithedale seem to offer a lifetime of freedom and friendship, a chance to start anew. But each has something to hide, and slowly their ambitions and secret passions threaten to turn their pleasant dream to tragedy.
ISBN: 0393979539, 9780393979534
Keywords: writings, letter, scarlet
Pages: 744
Published: 1970
  • Rating: 80%

This Norton Critical Edition of Nathaniel Hawthorne's most widely read novel appears during the bicentennial anniversary year of his birth. The text of The Scarlet Letter is based on the 1850 third edition, the first set in stereotype plates and the basis of subsequent printings in Hawthorne's lifetime. An invaluable selection of contextual material includes five Hawthorne stories that are closely related to The Scarlet Letter, along with relevant letters and notebook entries. A substantial excerpt from Hawthorne's campaign biography of Franklin Pierce offers a revealing glimpse at Hawthorne's
ISBN: 0375757880, 9780375757884
Keywords: tales, twice
Pages: 432
Published: 1915
  • Rating: 80%

Complete in One Volume"To this little book, we would say, 'Live ever, sweet, sweet book.' It comes from the hand of a man of genius.… [Hawthorne's writing] is characterized by a large proportion of feminine elements, depth and tenderness of feeling, exceeding purity of mind." —Henry Wadsworth LongfellowHawthorne's writings are "a pure and living stream of manly thought and feeling, which characterizes always the true man, the Christian, the republican and the patriot." —Orestes Brownson, The Boston Quarterly ReviewHawthorne's short stories "rivet the
ISBN: 1557423628, 9781557423627
Keywords: brown, goodman
Pages: 48
Published: 1835
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0394700155, 9780394700151
Keywords: stories, short, hawthorne
Pages: 384
Published: 1946
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0192839764, 9780192839763
Keywords: faun, marble
Pages: 432
Published: 1860
  • Rating: 60%