Nathaniel Hawthorne: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work

Nathaniel Hawthorne: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work

by Sarah Bird Wright
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816055831

ISBN-13: 9780816055838

Pub. Date: 11/28/2006

Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated

Author of such classics as The Scarlet Letter, The House of the Seven Gables, "Young Goodman Brown," and "Rappaccini's Daughter," Nathaniel Hawthorne was intrigued by the social and psychological aspects of human behavior. He influenced the artistic development of many of the most important American writers, and today his works are some of the most widely read and…  See more details below

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Author of such classics as The Scarlet Letter, The House of the Seven Gables, "Young Goodman Brown," and "Rappaccini's Daughter," Nathaniel Hawthorne was intrigued by the social and psychological aspects of human behavior. He influenced the artistic development of many of the most important American writers, and today his works are some of the most widely read and taught in the canon of American literature.

Critical Companion to Nathaniel Hawthorne examines the life and work of a writer whose exploration of such universal topics as birth, death, love, and guilt still resonates with modern readers. This comprehensive, single-volume reference contains hundreds of entries, including: An in-depth biography of Hawthorne, Synopses and critical assessments of Hawthorne's major and minor works, as well as portraits of characters, such as Hester Prynne and Roger Chillingworth, Profiles of significant members of Hawthorne's family and social circle, which included Herman Melville and President Franklin Pierce, Analyses of the culture, times, and places in which Hawthorne lived and wrote, Useful and thorough appendices, including full texts of important contemporary reviews (such as Edgar Allan Poe's famous review of Hawthorne's Twice-Told Tales), a bibliography, a chronology of Hawthorne's life, and more. Covering everything of importance in Nathaniel Hawthorne's life and work, this invaluable guide offers a complete view of one of America's most revered authors.

About the Author:
Sarah Bird Wright teaches at the University of Richmond

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816055838
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Series:
Critical Companion Series
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Table of Contents


Introduction     v
Acknowledgments     vii
Biography     1
Works A-Z     23
Related People, Places, and Topics     241
Appendices     319
Chronology of Nathaniel Hawthorne's Life     321
Chronology of Major Works by Nathaniel Hawthorne     323
Selected Bibliography of Secondary Sources     325
Contemporary Reviews     329
Melville and Hawthorne     351
Henry James on Hawthorne     361
Index     378

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