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Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1805-64) was an American novelist and short-story writer. He was born in Salem, Massachusetts, and graduated from Bowdoin College. His first novel, Fanshawe, was published anonymously in 1828, followed by several collections of short stories, including Twice-Told Tales and Mosses from an Old Manse. His later novels include The Scarlet Letter, The House of Seven Gables, The Blithedale Romance, and The Marble Faun.


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The American Transcendentalists
Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller and Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edited by Lawrence Buell
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | January 2006
$18.95/26.95(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7509-3 (0-8129-7509-X)

Transcendentalism was the first major intellectual movement in U.S. history, championing the inherent divinity of each individual, as well as the value of collective social action. In the mid-nineteenth century, the movement took off, changing how Americans thought about religion, literature, the natural world, class distinctions, the role of women, and... Read more

The Blithedale Romance
Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Introduction by John Updike
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | August 2001
$11.00/13.00(Canada) | 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

Hawthorne's Short Stories
Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2011
$16.95/19.95(Canada) | 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...

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The House of the Seven Gables
Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Bantam Classics | Paperback | March 1981
$5.95/7.95(Canada) | 978-0-553-21270-9 (0-553-21270-2)

In a sleepy little New England village stands a dark, weather-beaten, many-gabled house. This brooding mansion is haunted by a centuries-old curse that casts the shadow of ancestral sin upon the last four members of the distinctive Pyncheon family. Mysterious deaths threaten the living. Musty documents nestle behind hidden panels carrying... Read more

The House of the Seven Gables
Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Introduction by Mary Oliver
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | January 2001
$11.00/14.00(Canada) | 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

Mosses from an Old Manse
Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Introduction by Mary Oliver
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | March 2003
$15.95/19.95(Canada) | 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

The Scarlet Letter
Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Introduction by Alfred Kazin
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | November 1992
$21.00/27.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-41731-6 (0-679-41731-1)

Hester Prynne is a beautiful young woman. She is also an outcast. In the eyes of her neighbours she has committed an unforgivable sin. Everyone knows that her little daughter Pearl is the product of an illicit affair but no one knows the identity of Pearl’s father. Hester’s refusal to name...

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The Scarlet Letter
Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Vintage | Trade Paperback | August 2014
$7.00/8.00(Canada) | 978-0-8041-7157-1 (0-8041-7157-2)

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s masterpiece, an iconic fable of guilt and redemption set in Puritan Massachusetts, has long been considered one of the greatest American novels.
The story of Hester Prynne—found out in adultery, pilloried by her Puritan community, and abandoned, in different ways, by both her partner in sin and her vengeance-seeking husband—possesses...

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The Scarlet Letter
Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Bantam Classics | Paperback | February 1981
$4.95/6.95(Canada) | 978-0-553-21009-5 (0-553-21009-2)

Hailed by Henry James as "the finest piece of imaginative writing yet put forth in the country," Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter reaches to our nation's historical and moral roots for the material of great tragedy. Set in an early New England colony, the novel shows the terrible impact a single, passionate act has on the lives of... Read more

The Scarlet Letter
Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Introduction by Kathryn Harrison
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | September 2000
$7.00/8.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-78338-1 (0-679-78338-5)

Introduction by Kathryn Harrison
Commentary by Nathaniel Hawthorne, W. D. Howells, and Carl Van Doren
A stark 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... Read more

Selected Short Stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne
Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Fawcett | Paperback | April 1983
$6.99/10.99(Canada) | 978-0-449-30012-1 (0-449-30012-9)

From the author who gave us THE SCARLET LETTER and THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES, here is a comprehensive selection of his best short stories, including:
Endicott and the Red Cross
Young Goodman Brown
Earth's Holocaust
Ethan Brand
My Kinsman, Major Molineux
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Twice-Told Tales
Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Introduction by Rosemary Mahoney
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | October 2001
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75788-4 (0-375-75788-0)

This volume of short stories and shorter works by Nathaniel Hawthorne was heralded upon its release and is still widely considered a classic. Read more

A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys
Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Illustrated by Arthur Rackham
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | September 1994
$17.00/20.00(Canada) | 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