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Nathaniel Hawthorne

(1804—1864) American novelist and short-story writer

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Academic Novels

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The academic novel answers two questions: What happens on a college campus? and What is college for? To answer the first question, the academic novel takes the form of high-spirited ...

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Ambitious Guest

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Allegorical tale by Hawthorne, published in The Token (1835) and in Twice-Told Tales (1837).

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American Literature

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This entry contains two subentries: An Overview, Sea Fiction

American sea literature has roots in Greek, Roman, Irish, and Norse mythology, the Bible, and the English Renaissance,...

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Ancestral Footstep

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Romance by Hawthorne.

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antebellum

Overview page. Subjects: United States History.

Occurring or existing before a particular war, especially the American Civil War.

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Artist of the Beautiful

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Allegorical ale by Hawthorne, published in the Democratic Review (1844) and in Mosses from an Old Manse (1846).

Owen Warland, a youthful watchmaker, obsessed with a desire to...

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Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street

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Symbolic tale by Melville published anonymously in Putnam's Magazine (1853) and reprinted in The Piazza Tales (1856). One view is that it reflects Melville's futility at the neglect of his...

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Birthmark

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Allegorical tale by Hawthorne, published in Mosses from an Old Manse (1846).

Aylmer, a scientist, marries Georgiana, a beautiful woman whose single physical flaw is a tiny crimson...

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Blithedale Romance

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A novel by Hawthorne, published 1852, based on Hawthorne's experience at the Brook Farm Transcendental community.

It is narrated by a poet, Miles Coverdale, who visits Blithedale...

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Celestial Railroad

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Allegorical tale by Hawthorne, published in 1843 and collected in Mosses from an Old Manse (1846).

The narrator travels the way of Christian in Pilgrim's Progress, from the City of...

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