How is it possible for a person to be swallowed up so completely by a big city that he is able to live undetected for twenty years within one block of his wife's residence and never bump into any of the friends who believe him to be dead?
That he would wish to do it at all is strange enough, but the fact that this story is regarded as one of Hawthorne's finest creations shows that many readers are able to identify with Wakefield....
Wakefield is not only a psychological study but also a sociological study.
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About the Author
Nathaniel Hawthorne was an early American novelist and short story writer whose most renowned works include The House of the Seven Gables and The Scarlet Letter. Ana Juan is an illustrator who has contributed to the New Yorker. She is the author of the children’s books Circus, Comenoches, and Snowhite.
Date of Birth:July 4, 1804
Date of Death:May 19, 1864
Place of Birth:Salem, Massachusetts
Place of Death:Plymouth, New Hampshire
Education:Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, 1824