Twice Told Tales

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THE GRAY CHAMPION.
There was once a time when New England groaned under the actual pressure of heavier wrongs than those threatened ones which brought on the Revolution. James II., the bigoted successor of Charles the Voluptuous, had annulled the charters of all the colonies and sent a harsh and unprincipled soldier to take away our liberties and endanger our religion. The administration of Sir Edmund Andros lacked scarcely a single characteristic of tyranny-a governor and ...
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THE GRAY CHAMPION.
There was once a time when New England groaned under the actual pressure of heavier wrongs than those threatened ones which brought on the Revolution. James II., the bigoted successor of Charles the Voluptuous, had annulled the charters of all the colonies and sent a harsh and unprincipled soldier to take away our liberties and endanger our religion. The administration of Sir Edmund Andros lacked scarcely a single characteristic of tyranny-a governor and council holding office from the king and wholly independent of the country; laws made and taxes levied without concurrence of the people, immediate or by their representatives; the rights of private citizens violated and the titles of all landed property declared void; the voice of complaint stifled by restrictions on the press; and finally, disaffection overawed by the first band of mercenary troops that ever marched on our free soil.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780548031575
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Pages: 604
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nathaniel Hawthorne was born Nathaniel Hathorne, on July 4, 1804, in Salem, Massachusetts. He was a descendent of John Hathorne, one of the judges in the Salem witch trials. Nathaniel added the "W" in his last name to hide the relationship.

Hawthorne's father died when he was four from yellow fever and the family moved in with his mother's relatives. He began writing when he was sixteen and reluctantly attended Bowdoin College in 1821 on his uncle's money. On the way there, he met future President Franklin Pierce and the two became close friends. Once at the school, he also met poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

In 1836, Nathaniel became the editor of a magazine. He married Sophia Peabody in 1842 and they moved to Concord, Massachusetts, neighboring with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. They had a long an happy marriage and three children. In 1846, he was appointed to a government position, which did not allow him time to write, but lost his job after the election of 1848, giving him time to write "The Scarlet Letter," which was published in 1850.

After moving to Lenox. Massachusetts, he became friends with Herman Melville, who was writing "Moby Dick," dedicating the book to Hawthorne. It was here that he wrote "The House of Seven Gables." During the Civil War, he met with Abraham Lincoln in Washington, D. C. Nathaniel's health began to fail and Franklin Pierce took him on a vacation in hopes of making him better, but he died while on a tour of the White Mountains, in Plymouth, New Hampshire, on May 19, 1864, at the age of 59. He is buried on "Author's Ridge" in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

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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  • Posted December 18, 2010

    Worth Reading Twice

    Twice-Told Tales / 294-0-012-71015-4

    I like Hawthorne well enough as a writer, and I love Hawthorne compared to his contemporaries, and this collection is a good example of his evolution as a writer. There are a lot of classics here, including "The Minister's Black Veil" and "Lady Eleanor's Mantle".

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    To read this and not be taken by it is a crime of the mind

    The tales awakened me from a sleep that had once been unchallenged by other books of my age or those of my fathers. To those who choose to read this book I can only say that with a need for life on parchment this will quickly if not instantly become one of if not entirely your favorite book.

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