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The Blithedale Romance

Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Introduction by John Updike


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 14, 2001
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75720-4 (0-375-75720-1)

The Blithedale Romance, considered one of Hawthorne's major novels, explores the limitations of human nature set against an experiment in communal living. From mesmerism to illicit love, The Blithedale Romance represents one of Hawthorne's best and most sharply etched works, one that Henry James called his "brightest" and "liveliest" novel, and... Read more >

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Hawthorne's Short Stories

Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74121-9 (0-307-74121-4)

Twenty-four of the best short stories by one of the early masters of the form, in the definitive collection edited by acclaimed scholar Newton Arvin.

Nathaniel Hawthorne was one of the greatest American writers of the nineteenth century, and some of his most powerful work was in the form of fable-like tales... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The House of the Seven Gables

Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne


Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: March 1, 1981
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21270-9 (0-553-21270-2)

Nathaniel Hawthorne's gripping psychological drama concerns the Pyncheon family, a dynasty founded on pious theft, who live for generations under a dead man's curse until their house is finally exorcised by love. Colonel Pyncheon does well in denouncing Old Matthew: he founds a New England dynasty and builds a remarkable mansion... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The House of the Seven Gables

Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Introduction by Mary Oliver


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 9, 2001
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75687-0 (0-375-75687-6)

First published in 1851, The House of the Seven Gables is one of Hawthorne's defining works, a vivid depiction of American life and values replete with brilliantly etched characters. The tale of a cursed house with a "mysterious and terrible past" and the generations linked to it, Hawthorne's chronicle of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a paperback.

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Mosses from an Old Manse

Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Introduction by Mary Oliver


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 11, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6605-3 (0-8129-6605-8)

Mosses from an Old Manse is Nathaniel Hawthorne’s second story collection, first published in 1846 in two volumes and featuring sketches and tales written over a span of more than twenty years, including such classics as “Young Goodman Brown,” “The Birthmark,” and “Rappaccini’s Daughter.” Herman Melville deemed Hawthorne the American Shakespeare... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Scarlet Letter

Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne


Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: February 1, 1981
Price: $3.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21009-5 (0-553-21009-2)

Published in 1850, this is the all-time classic novel of sin and salvation... An ardent young woman, her cowardly lover, and her vengeful husband. These are the three central characters in this classic novel of passion and convention in the Puritan world of 17th-century Boston. Read more >

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The Scarlet Letter

Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Introduction by Kathryn Harrison


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 19, 2000
Price: $7.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78338-1 (0-679-78338-5)

A stark and allegorical tale of adultery, guilt, and social repression in Puritan New England, The Scarlet Letter is a foundational work of American literature. Nathaniel Hawthorne's exploration of the dichotomy between the public and private self, internal passion and external convention, gives us the unforgettable Hester Prynne, who discovers strength... Read more >

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Selected Short Stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne

Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne


Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Fawcett
On Sale: April 12, 1983
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-449-30012-1 (0-449-30012-9)

Edited and with an Introduction by Alfred Kazin, here is a comprehensive selection of Hawthorne's best short stories, including:
The Minister's Black Veil
The Maypole of Merry Mount
Wakefield
The Prophetic Pictures
Dr. Heidegger's Experiment
Endicott and the Red Cross
The Birthmark
Young Goodman Brown
Rappacini's Daughter
Feathertop
Roger Malvin's Burial
Earth's Holocaust
The Artist of the Beautiful
Ethan Brand
My Kinsman, Major Molineux Read more >

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Twice-Told Tales

Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Introduction by Rosemary Mahoney


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75788-4 (0-375-75788-0)

Twice-Told Tales, originally published in 1837 and revised and republished by Hawthorne in 1851 (the edition reproduced here), is the most famous collection of Hawthorne's stories. All of Hawthorne's great gifts - and the features that make him not only one of the greatest but one of the most contemporary American... Read more >

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A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys

Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: September 27, 1994
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-43643-0 (0-679-43643-X)

Six legends of Greek mythology, retold for children by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Included are The Gorgon’s Head, The Golden Touch, The Paradise of Children, The Three Golden Apples, The Miraculous Pitcher, and The Chimaera. In 1838, Hawthorne suggested to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow that they collaborate on a story for children based on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Best Short Stories of O. Henry

Written by O. Henry
Edited by Bennett Cerf and Van H. Cartmell


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 22, 1994
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-60122-7 (0-679-60122-8)

The more than 600 stories written by O. Henry provided an embarrassment of riches for the compilers of this volume. The final selection of the thirty-eight stories in this collection offers for the reader's delight those tales honored almost unanimously by anthologists and those that represent, in variety and balance, the... Read more >
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A Hazard of New Fortunes

Written by William Dean Howells
Introduction by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. and Everett Carter


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 12, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75927-7 (0-375-75927-1)

Centering on a conflict between a self-made millionaire and an idealistic reformer in turn-of-the-twentieth-century New York, A Hazard of New Fortunes insightfully renders the complexities of the American experience at a time of great social and economic upheaval and transformation. In its depiction of wealth, poverty, and New York City life... Read more >

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories
Or, The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
Written by Washington Irving
Introduction by Alice Hoffman


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 14, 2001
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75721-1 (0-375-75721-X)

With his beloved Gothic tales, Washington Irving is said to have created the genre of the short story in America. Though Irving crafted many of the most memorable characters in fiction, from Rip Van Winkle to Ichabod Crane, his gifts were not confined to the short story alone. He was also... Read more >
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The Bostonians

Written by Henry James
Introduction by A.S. Byatt


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 9, 2003
Price: $8.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6996-2 (0-8129-6996-0)

This brilliant satire of the women’s rights movement in America is the story of the ravishing inspirational speaker Verena Tarrant and the struggle between two distant cousins who seek to control her. Will the privileged Boston feminist Olive Chancellor succeed in turning her beloved ward into a celebrated activist and lifetime... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Daisy Miller

Written by Henry James
Introduction by Elizabeth Hardwick


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $7.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75966-6 (0-375-75966-2)

Originally published in The Cornhill Magazine in 1878 and in book form in 1879, Daisy Miller brought Henry James his first widespread commercial and critical success. The young Daisy Miller, an American on holiday with her mother on the shores of Switzerland’s Lac Leman, is one of James’s most vivid and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Portrait of a Lady

Written by Henry James
Introduction by Anita Brookner


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 12, 2002
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75919-2 (0-375-75919-0)

One of the great heroines of American literature, Isabel Archer, journeys to Europe in order to, as Henry James writes in his 1908 Preface, “affront her destiny.” James began The Portrait of a Lady without a plot or subject, only the slim but provocative notion of a young woman taking control... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, hardcover and a paperback.

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The Portrait of a Lady

Written by Henry James


Format: Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: October 1, 1983
Price: $5.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-21127-6 (0-553-21127-7)

The Portrait of a Lady is the most stunning achievement of Henry James's early period in the 1860s and 70s. Isabel Archer, a beautiful, intelligent, and headstrong American girl newly endowed with wealth and embarked in Europe on a treacherous journey to self-knowledge, is delineated with a magnificence that is at... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, hardcover and a trade paperback.

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The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Fiction

Written by Henry James


Format: Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: September 1, 1981
Price: $4.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21059-0 (0-553-21059-9)

To read a story by Henry James is to enter a world--a rich, perfectly crafted domain of vivid language and splendid, complex characters. Devious children, sparring lovers, capricious American girls, obtuse bachelors, sibylline spinsters and charming Europeans populate these five fascinating Nouvelles --works which represent the author in both his early... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Turn of the Screw & In the Cage

Written by Henry James
Introduction by Hortense Calisher


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 8, 2001
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75740-2 (0-375-75740-6)

This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition brings together one of literature's most famous ghost stories and one of Henry James's most unusual novellas. In The Turn of the Screw, a governess is haunted by ghosts from her young charges past; Virginia Woolf said of this masterpiece of psychological ambiguity and suggestion... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Washington Square

Written by Henry James
Introduction by Cynthia Ozick


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-76122-5 (0-375-76122-5)

Washington Square follows the coming-of-age of its plain-faced, kindhearted heroine, Catherine Sloper. Much to her father’s vexation, a handsome opportunist named Morris Townsend woos the long-suffering heiress, intent on claiming her fortune. When Catherine stubbornly refuses to call off her engagement, Dr. Sloper forces Catherine to choose between her inheritance and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Country of the Pointed Firs

Written by Sarah Orne Jewett


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: August 31, 2010
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-1-935554-10-3 (1-935554-10-7)

A writer comes one summer to Dunnet Landing, a Maine seacoast town, where she follows the lonely inhabitants of once-prosperous coastal towns. Here, lives are molded by the long Maine winters, rock-filled fields and strong resourceful women. Read more >
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The Country of the Pointed Firs and Other Stories

Written by Sarah Orne Jewett
Introduction by Suzannah Lessard


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 9, 2001
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75671-9 (0-375-75671-X)

The story of an endearing, unlikely friendship set against the backdrop of a remote and beautiful Maine coastal town, The Country of the Pointed Firs is one of Sarah Orne Jewett's most loved works, and it quickly earned her a reputation as a talented writer upon its publication. Praised by Alice... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Country of the Pointed Firs
And Other Stories
Written by Sarah Orne Jewett
Preface by Willa Cather


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 11, 1954
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-09214-2 (0-385-09214-8)

Sarah Orne Jewett’s place in American letters was assured when this acclaimed collection of stories about her native state of Maine was first published in 1896. Her crisp style and skillful observation of people and places gives her work lasting appeal.

The Country of the Pointed Firs tells a story spanning three... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Call of the Wild, White Fang & To Build a Fire

Written by Jack London
Introduction by E.L. Doctorow


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 14, 1998
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75251-3 (0-375-75251-X)

Generally considered London's greatest achievement, The Call of the Wild brought him international acclaim when it was first published in 1903.  White Fang, which London conceived as a "complete antithesis and companion piece to The Call of the Wild," is the tale of an abused wolf-dg tamed by exposure to civilization. Also... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Billy Budd, Sailor, and Other Stories

Written by Herman Melville


Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: May 1, 1982
Price: $4.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21274-7 (0-553-21274-5)

"Billy Budd, Sailor," Melville's last work, is the masterpiece in which he delivers the final summation in his
"quarrel with God." It is a brilliant study of the tragic clash between social authority and individual freedom, human justice and abstract good. Melville also explores this theme in "Bartelby the Scrivener," his... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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