Life of Franklin Pierce (Illustrated)by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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As one of America’s most famous writers and novelists, Nathaniel Hawthorne needs no formal introduction. He worked at a Custom House and joined Brook Farm, a transcendentalist community, before marrying Peabody in 1842. The couple moved to The Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts, later moving to Salem, the
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*Includes Table of Contents
As one of America’s most famous writers and novelists, Nathaniel Hawthorne needs no formal introduction. He worked at a Custom House and joined Brook Farm, a transcendentalist 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 their return 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 on New England, many works featuring moral allegories with a Puritan inspiration. His fiction works are considered part of the Romantic movement and, more specifically, dark romanticism. His themes often center on the inherent evil and sin of humanity, and his works often have moral messages and deep psychological complexity. Several of them are considered examples of the finest American literature.
This edition of Hawthorne’s Life of Franklin Pierce is specially formatted with a Table of Contents and is illustrated with over a dozen pictures of Hawthorne, his residences, and the House of 7 Gables.
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There's no denying that this is an amusing read, but that's pretty much where the praise ends. It was written in 1852 and the terminology reads like it. Hawthorne describes Pierce's law career with lavish praise like "The eloquence of Mr. Pierce is of a character not to be easily forgotten. He understands men, their passions, and their feelings. He knows the way to their hearts, and can make them vibrate to his touch." In 1852 it probably came off less suggestive than it does 160 years later. Of course, Hawthorne and Pierce were old college friends, and the whole reason Hawthorne wrote the book was to help his friend get elected president. So it's not surprising that he lays it on thick. In summation, Pierce was a great student, and then a great lawyer, a great soldier in the Mexican War, and then became a great senator. If everyone votes for him, he'll make a great president.
"The Life of Franklin Pierce" was written, as campaign propaganda to get Franklin Pierce elected President, by his old college buddy, Nathaniel Hawthorne. Pierce then managed, more than any other person, to exacerbate the start of the Civil War. Pierce was also the only sitting President NOT to get his OWN party's nomination. Pierce then decided to go back to drinking, and worked for the South during the Civil War. Oh, one other tidbit. Franklin Pierce is the great-great-granduncle of Barbara Pierce, who married and became Barbara Bush, and had a son, George W. I guess mediocrity runs in the family.