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									Nathaniel HawthorneNathaniel 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.

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* Visit the American Classics Book Club for a free discussion of Nathaniel Hawthorne's books

Fact File

Nathaniel Hawthorne
Date of Birth:
July 4, 1804
Place of Birth:
Salem, Massachusetts
Date of Death:
May 19, 1864
Place of Death:
Plymouth, New Hampshire
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, 1824

A Hawthorne Classic

Selected Works

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								The Scarlet Letter (Barnes & Noble Classics Series), Author: 
								Nathaniel Hawthorne, Nancy Stade (Introduction).

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The Scarlet Letter (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Nancy Stade (Introduction)
Widely acknowledged by scholars as America's first "psychological novel," Hawthorne's dark tale of passion, sin, and revenge set in colonial New England tells the story of Hester Prynne, whose forbidden act of adultery profoundly affects the citizens of a Puritan community.

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								The House of the Seven Gables, Author: 
								Nathaniel Hawthorne.
*  Fanshawe (1828)
*  Young Goodman Brown (1835)
*  Twice-Told Tales (1837)
*  The Scarlet Letter (1850)
*  The House of the Seven Gables (1851)
*  The Life of Franklin Pierce (1852)

*  See the Nathaniel Hawthorne chronology

Melville and Hawthorne

Hawthorne and fellow author Herman Melville enjoyed an influential friendship throughout the 1850s and served as inspirers -- and admirers -- of each other's work. It's been said that the reserved traveling character Vine in Melville's Clarel, as well as his poem "Monody" from Timoleon, are both based on Hawthorne. However, perhaps most compelling is Melville's dedication of his masterwork, Moby-Dick, to "the genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne."

*  Meet Herman Melville

A Fun Hawthorne Find

Henry James on Hawthorne

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								Twenty Days with Julian and Little Bunny by Papa, Author: 
								Nathaniel Hawthorne, Paul Auster (Introduction), Paul  Auster (Introduction).

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Twenty Days with Julian and Little Bunny by Papa
by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Paul Auster (Introduction), Paul Auster (Introduction)
Taken from Nathaniel Hawthorne's American Notebooks, this charming, little-known chronicle is, as described by Paul Auster in his introduction, "something that no writer had ever attempted before [Hawthorne]: a meticulous, blow-by-blow account of a man taking care of a young child by himself."

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								Hawthorne, Author: 
								Henry James, Dan  McCall (ed.).

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by Henry James, Dan McCall (ed.)
Originally published in 1879, this insightful work features fellow American master author Henry James assessing Hawthorne as both a man and writer -- while also conveying his own unique views on American culture. Other fascinating books on Hawthorne and his works include:

*Salem Is My Dwelling Place: A Life of Nathaniel Hawthorne  by Edwin Haviland Miller
*Historical Guide to Nathaniel Hawthorne  by Larry J. Reynolds (ed.)
*Nathaniel Hawthorne  by Harold Bloom
*Meet Henry James
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