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Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)

  Praised and emulated by the great Herman Melville, Hawthorne was one of the New England literary pantheon.  He was melancholic, poetic, allegoric, fascinated by human nature and the friction between society and the individual, and he told a damn good, incisive story.  Who else could have deserved to have Moby Dick dedicated to him?


"Earth's Holocaust" - by Nathaniel Hawthorne


"The Need for Renewal: Nathaniel Hawthorne's Conservatism" - Lee Trapanier, Modern Age, Fall 2003


The Blithedale Romance - by Nathaniel Hawthorne


The Nathaniel Hawthorne Society


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow reviews Hawthorne's Twice-Told Tales


Letter from Herman Melville to Hawthorne, 1851





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List of Works





Biographical Stories for Children


Twice-Told Tales (stories)


Mosses From an Old Manse (stories)


The Scarlet Letter


The House of the Seven Gables


The Snow-Image (stories)


The Blithedale Romance


The Life of Franklin Pierce


The Marble Faun


Our Old Home







(not a complete list)




"That pit of blackness that lies beneath us, everywhere ... the firmest substance of human happiness is but a thin crust spread over it, with just reality enough to bear up the illusive stage-scenery amid which we tread. It needs no earthquake to open the chasm." - The Marble Faun




"Caresses, expressions of one sort or another, are necessary to the life of the affections, as leaves are to the life of trees. If they are wholly restrained, love will die at the roots." - American Note-Books
































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