Nathaniel Hawthorne's Tales

ISBN-10: 0393935647

ISBN-13: 9780393935646

Edition: 2nd 2013

Authors: Nathaniel Hawthorne, James McIntosh

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This revised Norton Critical Edition brings together twenty-three of Hawthorne’s tales in all their psychological and moral complexity. The Second Edition adds the early biographical sketch Mrs. Hutchinson as well as two tales, The Wives of the Dead and Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment. Each tale is accompanied by explanatory annotations.The Author on His Work contains the prefaces Hawthorne wrote for the three collections of tales published during his lifetime—The Old Manse, Twice-Told Tales, and The Snow Image. Also included are pertinent selections from his American Notebooks and relevant letters to, among others, Sophia Peabody, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Margaret Fuller.Criticism offers important contemporary assessments of Hawthorne’s tales by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, Margaret Fuller (new to the Second Edition), James Russell Lowell, Herman Melville, and Henry James. Modern criticism is well represented by twelve essays—four of them new to the Second Edition—on the tales’ central issues. Contributors include Jorge Louis Borges, J. Hillis Miller, Judith Fetterley, Nina Baym, Leo Marx, and Martin Bidney, among others. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.
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List price: $19.20
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/6/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386

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.

Preface to Second Edition
The Texts of the Tales
My Kinsman, Major Molineux
Roger Malvin's Burial
The Gentle Boy
The Wives of the Dead
Mrs. Hutchinson
The Haunted Mind
The Gray Champion
Young Goodman Brown
The Ambitious Guest
The May-Pole of Merry Mount
The Minister's Black Veil
The Man of Adamant
Dr. Heidegger's Experiment
Endicott and the Red Cross
The Birthmark
The Celestial Rail-road
Earth's Holocaust
The Artist of the Beautiful
Drowne's Wooden Image
Rappaccini's Daughter
Ethan Brand
A Note on the Text
Textual Variants
Hawthorne's Revisions of "The Gentle Boy"
The Author on His Work
The Old Manse
Preface to the 1851 Edition of Twice-told Tales
Preface to the Snow-Image
To Elizabeth C. Hathorne, March 13, 1821
To H. W. Longfellow, June 4, 1837
To H. W. Longfellow, June 19, 1837
To H. W. Longfellow, January 12, 1839
To Sophia Peabody, October 4, 1840
To G. S. Hillard, July 16, 1841
To Margaret Fuller, August 25, 1842
To Margaret Fuller, February 1, 1843
To E. A. Duyckinck, July 1, 1845
To E. A. Duyckinck, April 15, 1846
To R. W. Griswold, December 15, 1851
To James T. Fields, April 13, 1854
From the American Notebooks
Early Criticism
Hawthorne's Twice-told Tales
[Twice-told Tales, Second Edition]
Tale-Writing-Nathaniel Hawthorne
[Hawthorne's Mosses from an Old Manse]
Hawthorne and His Mosses
Early Writings
Modern Criticism
Hawthorne as Poet
Hawthorne and the Puritan Revolution of 1776
The Logic of Compulsion
Visible Sanctity and Specter Evidence: The Moral World of Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown"
Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Self Outside Itself: "Wakefield" and "The Ambitious Guest"
Defacing It: Hawthorne and History
Hawthorne's "The Birthmark": Science as Religion
Women Beware Science: "The Birthmark"
[The Tales of the Manse Period]
["Ethan Brand"]
Fire, Flutter, Fall, and Scatter: A Structure in the Epiphanies of Hawthorne's Tales
Nathaniel Hawthorne: A Chronology
Selected Bibliography
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