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  • ISBN-13: 9788853004642
  • Publisher: Cideb Editrice
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Series: Reading and Training: Step 4 Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Nathaniel Hawthorne
"Words -- so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them," Nathaniel Hawthorne once reflected. Hawthorne's own words indeed had an undeniable power. Author of The Scarlet Letter and originator of the American short story, Hawthorne left an indelible impression on literature that would influence his fellow writers into the next century.

Biography

Nathaniel Hathorne, Jr., was born into an established New England puritan family on Independence Day, 1804, in Salem, Massachusetts. After the sudden death of his father, he and his mother and sisters moved in with his mother's family in Salem. Nathaniel's early education was informal; he was home-schooled by tutors until he enrolled in Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

Uninterested in conventional professions such as law, medicine, or the ministry, Nathaniel chose instead to rely "for support upon my pen." After graduation, he returned to his hometown, wrote short stories and sketches, and chanced the spelling of his surname to "Hawthorne." Hawthorne's coterie consisted of transcendentalist thinkers, including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Although he did not subscribe entirely to the group's philosophy, he lived for six months at Brook Farm, a cooperative living community the transcendentalists established in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.

On July 9, 1942, Hawthorne married a follower of Emerson, Sophia Peabody, with whom he had a daughter, Una, and a son, Julian. The couple purchased a mansion in Concord, Massachusetts, that previously had been occupied by author Louisa May Alcott. Frequently in financial difficulty, Hawthorne worked at the custom houses in Salem and Boston to support his family and his writing. His peaceful life was interrupted when his college friend, Franklin Pierce, now president of the United States, appointed him U.S. consul at Liverpool, England, where he served for four years.

The publication of The Scarlet Letter in 1850 changed the way society viewed Puritanism. Considered his masterpiece, the novel focuses on Hawthorne's recurrent themes of sin, guilt, and punishment. Some critics have attributed his sense of guilt to his ancestors' connection with the persecution of Quakers in seventeenth-century New England and their prominent role in the Salem witchcraft trials in the 1690s.

On May 19, 1864, Hawthorne died in Plymouth, New Hampshire, leaving behind several unfinished novels that were published posthumously. He is buried at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of The Scarlet Letter.

Good To Know

Hawthorne's birth name was actually Nathaniel Hathorne. It's rumored that he added a "w" to avoid being associated with his Puritan grandfather, Judge Hathorne -- who presided over the Salem Witch Trials.

Among Hawthorne's peers at Maine's Bowdoin College: author Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Franklin Pierce, who would later become the country's 14th president.

In its first week of publication, The Scarlet Letter sold 4,000 copies.

Hawthorne died on May 19, 1864, at the Pemigewasset House in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Ironically, former president Franklin Pierce had advised him to go there for his health.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      July 4, 1804
    2. Place of Birth:
      Salem, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Death:
      May 19, 1864
    2. Place of Death:
      Plymouth, New Hampshire
    1. Education:
      Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, 1824

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2010

    go see the real house you will understand the book

    read this book years a go great book, you do no understand the book until you travel there and see the house in real life .. the house is something to see,to see how he lived hundred years ago is some to see. loved the hiding stair case .. they dont build houses and counting house like that any more.. any one who doesnt like the book needs to go see the house ..

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2001

    Original Sin and Victoriana

    'The House of the Seven Gables' is a more difficult but potentially more rewarding book than the more popular 'Scarlet Letter.' In 'The House of the Seven Gables' Hawthorne is, in effect, arguing with himself about man's nature--are we all subject to original sin? He sets the novel inside a mansion that has been cursed from its very beginning because its owner stole part of the house's land from someone who didn't have as much legal influence. Thus cursed, the house became a gloomy haven for a decayed and decadent aristocracy for the following 180 years, roughly 1665-1845. Like the house, are we cursed by original sin, condemned to repeat the patterns of our ancestors? (There are other interpretations of this book; I'm just leading with the most common one.) Hawthorne would best be described as a romantic realist. His narrative style is free of the supernatural but it is rife with symbolism--and often he will interpret the symbolism for you! There is not much 'action' in the conventional sense; a person could describe the goings-on in the book in ten minutes, including flashbacks. The novel's resolution will surprise you--but there still are some fundamental questions that haven't been answered! Hawthorne depends on descriptions for much of his work--e.g., how a particular rose looks on a particular morning, and that ties in with all the symbolism. As was common in Victorian times, sentence length was 2-3 times longer than today, with compound/ complex sentences the norm. If you can read Dickens without difficulty, though, you can read this book too. I'd recommend 'The House of the Seven Gables' for anyone interested in quality American literature, especially the early realist period, for people interested in how the Puritan strain haunted (haunts?) Americans, or indeed just for an interesting tale that is told with very little action, mostly mood and symbolism.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Not a good version

    This version has a lot of problems with words being misspelled. It is hard to read!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    Guthix

    Hello

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Loved it

    Loved it ! Dont know why you people dont


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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2014

    Ash2

    *find not side

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2014

    Ash2

    How are you my cousin..o.e...o.o))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Ab2

    Smart ass. And do me a favour, go to AshClan and post to Dragonstar "Shadowkissed was there too. Myntlight if you recall was the rp at the time" or something along those lines please.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2014

    Clockwork

    Vrality, Zinth, and Saya, right?

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    Posted July 19, 2014

    Ash

    XD i wish you well

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2014

    Ab

    Ya, ya and ya.. yup. Got it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    Hawthorne huh? Well how a about...HOTCORN!

    Get it lol

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Chelsi

    Hi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    Well then

    Dude on the cover is totally freaky.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Liyla here

    Luv it!!!! I luv u nathaniel lol!!! XD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    This book... is great!

    He is a great author, and his book is amazing! I have to read it for English, and I'm already in love with it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Hi.

    Should i buy this?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    awsome

    Book

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    Posted June 13, 2012

    Fad*Fabulous

    Are you guys using this as a chat room.

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    Posted June 10, 2012

    Ligan

    Tet.

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