8 Books by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Overview: Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was born in Salem, Massachusetts, where, after his graduation from Bowdoin College in Maine, he wrote the bulk of his masterful tales of American colonial history, many of which were collected in his Twice-told Tales (1837). In 1839 and 1840 Hawthorne worked in the Boston Customs House, then spent most of 1841 at the experimental community of Brook Farm. After his marriage to Sophia Peabody, he settled in the “Old Manse” in Concord; there, between 1842 and 1845, he wrote most of the other tales in this volume, first gathered in a collection entitled Mosses from an Old Manse (1846). His career as a novelist began with The Scarlet Letter (1850), whose famous preface recalls his 1846-1849 service in “The Custom-House” of Salem. The House of the Seven Gables (1851) and The Blithedale Romance (1852) followed in rapid succession. After a third political appointment—this time as American Consul in Liverpool, England, from 1853 to 1857—Hawthorne’s life was marked by the publication of The Marble Faun (1860) but also by a sad inability to complete several more long romances. Ill health, apparently, and possibly some failure of literary faith finally eroded Hawthorne’s striking ability to make imaginative sense of America’s distinctive moral experience.
Genre: Fiction, Classic, General, Anthologies | Collection
True Stories From History and Biography (Duke Classics): Widely regarded as one of the most important literary voices of nineteenth-century America, Nathaniel Hawthorne is best known as the author of such novels as The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables. In this collection originally intended for a young-adult audience, Hawthorn ekes instructive moral lessons and fascinating facts from the life stories of prominent figures in history.
Hawthorne’s Short Stories (Vintage Classics): Twenty-four of the best short stories by one of the early masters of the form, in the definitive collection edited by acclaimed scholar Newton Arvin.
Nathaniel Hawthorne was one of the greatest American writers of the nineteenth century, and some of his most powerful work was in the form of fable-like tales that make rich use of allegory and symbolism. The dark beauty and moral force of his imagination are evident in such enduring masterpieces as "Young Goodman Brown," in which a young man who believes he has witnessed a satanic initiation can never see his pious neighbors the same way again; “Rappaccini’s Daughter," about a lovely young girl who has been raised in isolation among dangerous poisons; and "The Birthmark," in which a scientist obsessed with perfection destroys the flaw that makes his otherwise flawless wife both beautiful and human.
Selected Tales and Sketches (Penguin Classics): The short fiction of a writer who helped to shape the course of American literature. With a determined commitment to the history of his native land, Nathaniel Hawthorne revealed, more incisively than any writer of his generation, the nature of a distinctly American consciousness. The pieces collected here deal with essentially American matters: the Puritan past, the Indians, the Revolution. But Hawthorne was highly – often wickedly – unorthodox in his account of life in early America, and his precisely constructed plots quickly engage the reader’s imagination. Written in the 1820s, 30s, and 40s, these works are informed by themes that reappear in Hawthorne’s longer works: The Scarlet Letter, The House of the Seven Gables and The Blithedale Romance. And, as Michael J. Colacurcio points out in his excellent introduction, they are themes that are now deeply embedded in the American literary tradition.
Tanglewood Tales (Duke Classics): A re-writing of some of the most famous of the ancient Greek myths in a volume for children by Nathaniel Hawthorne.The book covers the myths of: Theseus and the Minotaur (Chapter : "The Minotaur"), Antaeus and the Pygmies (Chapter: "The Pygmies"); Dragon’s Teeth (Chapter: "The Dragon’s Teeth"); Circe’s Palace (Chapter: "Circe’s Palace"); Proserpina Ceres, Pluto, and the Pomegranate Seed (Chapter: "The Pomegranate Seed"); Jason and the Golden Fleece (Chapter: "The Golden Fleece")
The House of the Seven Gables (Signet Classics): First published in 1851, The House of the Seven Gables is one of Hawthorne’s defining works, a vivid depiction of American life and values replete with brilliantly etched characters. The tale of a cursed house with a "mysterious and terrible past" and the generations linked to it, Hawthorne’s chronicle of the Maule and Pyncheon families over two centuries reveals, in Mary Oliver’s words, "lives caught in the common fire of history."
This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition uses the definitive text as prepared for The Centenary Edition of the Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne; this is the Approved Edition of the Center for Scholarly Editions (Modern Language Association). It includes newly commissioned notes on the text. New Introduction by Katherine Howe.
Twice-Told Tales (Duke Classics): Twice-Told Tales is a short story collection in two volumes by Nathaniel Hawthorne first published in the spring of 1837. The stories had all been previously published in magazines and annuals, hence the name.
The Blithedale Romance (Penguin Classics): The Blithedale Romance, considered one of Hawthorne’s major novels, explores the limitations of human nature set against an experiment in communal living. From mesmerism to illicit love, The Blithedale Romance represents one of Hawthorne’s best and most sharply etched works, one that Henry James called his "brightest" and "liveliest" novel, and that Roy Male, acclaimed Americanist scholar, said is "one of the most underrated works in American fiction."
This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition is set from the definitive Ohio State University Press Centenary edition of the novel.
The Scarlet Letter (Penguin Classics | Enriched edition): A stark and allegorical tale of adultery, guilt, and social repression in Puritan New England, The Scarlet Letter is a foundational work of American literature. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s exploration of the dichotomy between the public and private self, internal passion and external convention, gives us the unforgettable Hester Prynne, who discovers strength in the face of ostracism and emerges as a heroine ahead of her time.
Enriched eBook Features | Editor Monika Elbert provides the following specially commissioned features for this Enriched eBook Classic:
• Nineteenth-Century Reviews of The Scarlet Letter
• Chronology of Hawthorne’s Life and Times (with Images)
• Historical Time Line: Seventeenth-Century England and New England (Massachusetts Bay Colony)
• Witchcraft and The Scarlet Letter (with Images and Martha Corey’s Testimony)
• Puritan Pleasures and Punishments (with Images)
• Puritan Child Rearing and Puritan Children
• Puritan Fashion and The Scarlet Letter: The Good, the Bad, and the Bizarre (with Images)
• Hester Prynne and Nineteenth-Century Women’s Rights Movements
• Bibliography and Further Reading
• Images of The Scarlet Letter
• Enriched eBook Notes
The enriched eBook format invites readers to go beyond the pages of these beloved works and gain more insight into the life and times of an author and the period in which the book was originally written for a rich reading experience.