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Brenda Wineapple

Brenda Wineapple is the author of the award-winning Hawthorne: A Life, Genêt: A Biography of Janet Flanner, and Sister Brother: Gertrude and Leo Stein. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in many publications, among them The American Scholar, The New York Times Book Review, Parnassus, Poetry, and The Nation. A Guggenheim fellow, a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, and twice of the National Endowment for the Humanities, she teaches in the MFA programs at Columbia University and The New School and lives in New York City.

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The House of the Seven Gables
Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Afterword by Brenda Wineapple, Introduction by Katherine Howe
Signet | Paperback | October 2010
$5.95/7.50(Canada) | 978-0-451-53162-9 (0-451-53162-0)

This enduring novel of crime and retribution vividly reflects the social and moral values of New England in the 1840s. 

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... Read more

The Scarlet Letter
Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Afterword by Regina Barreca, Introduction by Brenda Wineapple
Signet | Paperback | August 2009
$4.95/6.95(Canada) | 978-0-451-53135-3 (0-451-53135-3)

This tragic novel of sin and redemption is Hawthorne's masterpiece of American fiction.

An ardent young woman, her cowardly lover, and her aging vengeful husband—these are the central characters in this stark drama of the conflict between passion and convention in the harsh world of seventeenth-century Boston. Tremendously moving and rich in... Read more

The Wings of the Dove
Written by Henry James, Afterword by Philip Horne, Introduction by Brenda Wineapple
Signet | Paperback | November 2014
$8.95/10.95(Canada) | 978-0-451-46891-8 (0-451-46891-0)

A new edition of Henry James's classic novel featuring a new afterword.

Milly Theale, an American heiress in London, is young, hungry for life, and terminally ill. There she meets the dazzling beauty Kate Croy. Unbeknownst to Milly, Kate is madly in love with an old acquaintance of hers, Merton Densher, a... Read more

Written by Brenda Wineapple
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | June 2004
$20.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7291-7 (0-8129-7291-0)

Handsome, reserved, almost frighteningly aloof until he was approached, then playful, cordial, Nathaniel Hawthorne was as mercurial and double-edged as his writing. “Deep as Dante,” Herman Melville said.

Hawthorne himself declared that he was not “one of those supremely hospitable people who serve up their own hearts, delicately fried, with brain... Read more

White Heat
Written by Brenda Wineapple
Anchor | Trade Paperback | December 2009
$18.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-45630-4 (0-307-45630-7)

White Heat is the first book to portray the remarkable relationship between America's most beloved poet and the fiery abolitionist who first brought her work to the public. 
As the Civil War raged, an unlikely friendship was born between the reclusive poet Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a literary figure... Read more