Blithedale Romance

ISBN-10: 0312118031

ISBN-13: 9780312118037

Edition: 1996

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Description: This teaching edition of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Blithedale Romance reprints the Century Edition of the novel and includes a generous selection of historical materials. The documents are organized into thematic units on social reform, ninteteeth-century American utopian communities, Brook Farm, and gender relations, and include relevant excerpts from letters, diaries, periodicals and literary works by Karl Marx, Robert Owen, Frederick Douglass, Margaret Fuller, Lousia May Alcott, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, among others. Editorial features designed to help students read the novel in the light of the documents includes a general introduction providing historical and cultural background, a chronology of Hawthorne's life and times, an introduction to each thematic group of documents, headnotes, extensive annotations, a generous of illustrations, and a selected bibliography.

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Book details

List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 2/15/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804 in Salem, Mass. When Hawthorne was four years old, his father died. Years later, with financial help from his maternal relatives who recognized his literary talent, Hawthorne was able to enroll in Bowdoin College. Among his classmates were the important literary and political figures Horatio Bridge, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Franklin Pierce. These friends supplied Hawthorne with employment during the early years after graduation while Hawthorne was still establishing himself as a legitimate author. Hawthorne's first novel, Fanshawe, which he self-published in 1928, wasn't quite the success that he had hoped it would be. Not willing to give up, Hawthorne began writing stories for Twice-Told Tales. These stories established Hawthorne as a leading writer. In 1842, Hawthorne moved to Concord, Mass., where he wrote a number of tales, including "Rappaccini's Daughter" and "Young Goodman Brown," that were later published as Mosses from an Old Manse. The overall theme of Hawthorne's novels was a deep concern with ethical problems of sin, punishment, and atonement. No one novel demonstrated that more vividly than The Scarlet Letter. This tale about the adulterous Puritan Hester Prynne is regarded as Hawthorne's best work and is a classic of American literature. Other famous novels written by Hawthorne include The House of Seven Gables and The Blithedale Romance. In 1852, Hawthorne wrote a campaign biography of his college friend Franklin Pierce. After Pierce was elected as President of the United States, he rewarded Hawthorne with the Consulship at Liverpool, England. Hawthorne died in his sleep on May 19, 1864, while on a trip with Franklin Pierce.

About the Series
About This Volume
List of Illustrations
The Blithedale Romance: The Complete Text
Introduction: Cultural and Historical Background
Chronology of Hawthorne's Life and Times
The Blithedale Romance [1964 Centenary Edition]
The Blithedale Romance: Cultural Contexts
Prospects for Change
On Alienated Labor
From The Communist Manifesto
From The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844
From "The Laboring Classes"
On Land Reform
"Vote Yourself a Farm"
The Slave's Work Day
"To The Public"
Letter to William Lloyd Garrison
"Address to the Washingtonian Temperance Society of Springfield, Illinois"
From Report of the Minority of the Special Committee of the Boston Prison Discipline Society
From "A Sermon of the Dangerous Classes in Society"
From "Miss Martineau On Mesmerism"
From "The New Science; or, the Philosophy of Mesmerism or Animal Magnetism"
"Earth's Holocaust"
The Idea of Community
The Impact of Industrialism, The Benefits of Association, and The Condition of Women
From Social Destiny of Man, or Association and Reorganization of Industry
On Individual Society vs. Cooperative Society
From "Of Existing Evils, and Their Remedy"
On Marriage
On the Community at Fruitlands
"Transcendental Wild Oats"
On the Columbian Phalanx
On the Hopedale Community
The Wentworth Letter
"The Quaker Settlement" (From Uncle Tom's Cabin)
Life at Brook Farm
From the "Letter to the Church in Purchase Street"
From "Man the Reformer"
Letters to Sophia Peabody
From "Plan of the West Roxbury Community"
Prospectus for The Harbinger
On Life at Brook Farm
From "Reminiscences of Brook Farm"
Women's Roles and Rights
"Human Rights Not Founded on Sex"
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