Nathaniel Hawthorne - Life Stories, Books, and Links
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Picture of by Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The Scarlet Letter, by Charles Osgood; nineteenth century American Literature
Nathaniel Hawthorne
(1804 - 1864)

Category:  American Literature
Born:  July 4, 1804
Salem, Massachusetts, United States
Died:  May 19, 1864
Plymouth, New Hampshire, United States
Related authors:
Henry David Thoreau, Herman Melville, Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Nathaniel Hawthorne - LIFE STORIES
3/16/1850     Salem & The Scarlet Letter
On this day in 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter was published. Hawthorne's claim of having discovered a red letter 'A' in the Salem Custom-House was a literary device, but two ancestors had been forced to wear forehead bands identifying their incestuous conduct, another had been a judge at the witch trials, and Salem itself, in his experience, was a punishment.
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Collected Novels: Fanshawe, The Scarlet Letter, The House of the Seven Gables, The Blithedale Romance, The Marble Faun
by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Millicent Bell (Editor)
anthology, fiction
Selected Letters of Nathaniel Hawthorne
by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Joel Myerson (Editor)
Tales and Sketches: "Twice-told Tales," "Mosses from an Old Manse," "The Snow-Image," "A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys," "Tanglewood Tales" ...
by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Roy Harvey Pearce (Editor)
anthology, fiction, children
The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter
by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Dick Hill (Reader)
audio CD
The Scarlet Letter [unabridged]
by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Shelly Frasier (Narrator)
audio CD
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Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Romance of the Orient
by Luther S. Luedtke
biography, literary history
Nathaniel Hawthorne in His Times
by James R. Mellow
Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Scarlet Letter
by Elmer Kennedy-Andrews (Editor)
essays, literary criticism
Student Companion to Nathaniel Hawthorne
by Melissa McFarland Pennell
The Scarlet Letter: A Reading
by Nina Baym
literary criticism
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An essay offering "A comparison between Hester Prynne, of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, and Margaret Fuller, the mid-nineteenth-century campaigner for the rights of women":

"Despite their different backgrounds, Hester Prynne and Margaret Fuller seem to have had similar characters. Both suffered alienation during their lifetimes, and both realised injustices in society as a result of this isolation. The main difference between them was that Margaret Fuller had the opportunity to express her ideas, i.e. she had a voice in her society, whereas Hester, a woman stained by sin, had no chance of becoming a prophetess in the eyes of her village."
Guide to Classic Mystery and Detection
An educational website for fans of mystery and detection stories offers information and commentary on selected stories, and an explanation their place within the genre. Explores the author's influence on writers including Jorge Luis Borges. Includes a brief review of "Twice Told Tales" and "Mosses from an Old Manse."

"Hawthorne's work is full of characters and situations that have become archetypal in our culture. The mad scientist of "The Birthmark" and the dedicated artist in conflict with social pressure in "The Artist of the Beautiful" are two. So is his treatment of ghosts and telepathy in "Graves and Goblins". So are many details in his work: the culminating suspense sequence of "Mr. Higginbottam's Catastrophe", the missing deed and family feuds in The House of the Seven Gables. His treatment of Puritans in New England in many works is the definitive image of these people in our culture. Hawthorne created the Puritans as a literary and cultural entity in Western consciousness the way Longfellow created the Indians in Hiawatha or Sir H. Rider Haggard created the Africa of jungles, savannas, lions, Noble Black Warriors, cruel tribal chieftains and witch doctors practicing white and black magic. Anyone reading their works will recognize dozens of echoes that have since appeared in books, movies, comics, radio and TV programs."
This online lesson plan for The Scarlet Letter offers a synopsis and commentary on the novel, a brief review of the author's life and times, suggested classroom activities which address such themes as alienation, appearance versus reality, and non-conformity, notes on language and vocabulary, setting, time, place, mood, symbolism, and irony, and an extended bibliography of suggested fiction and critical reading. A useful resource for teachers.

"Although commonly called a novel, The Scarlet Letter is actually a romance. Hawthorne makes this distinction because at the time he was writing, novels were supposed to deal with realistic representations of human experiences or external truths. Romances, on the other hand, were concerned with internal truths, or 'truths of the human heart,' as Hawthorne states in his Preface to The House of the Seven Gables. Romances, therefore, allowed the author to deviate from reality in favor of imagination."
Writings of Nathaniel Hawthorn
Find electronic texts of Hawthorne's complete works, including The Scarlett Letter, Mosses from an Old Manse, Twice-Told Tales, The House of the Seven Gables, Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys, and more.
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