Hawthorne Illustrated: Three Stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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ArtWrite Productions, Aug 31, 2018 - Young Adult Fiction - 154 pages
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Nathaniel Hawthorne has impressed many literary critics and influenced many authors over time. He became famous early in his career and his fame has endured. In Hawthorne Illustrated, master pen & ink illustrator Marc Johnson-Pencook interprets three of Nathaniel Hawthorne's best stories: "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment", "Mr. Higginbotham's Catastrophe", and "Feathertop". Here's a few of the many renowned authors and literary critics who have praised Hawthorne and his stories: Edgar Allan Poe, World Famous Author & Literary Critic --- Mr. Higginbotham's Catastrophe is vividly original and managed most dexterously. Dr. Heidegger's Experiment is exceedingly well imagined, and executed with surpassing ability. The artist breathes in every line of it. In the way of objection we have scarcely a word to say of Hawthorne's tales?beyond trivial exceptions we have really none to make. The style is purity itself. Force abounds. High imagination gleams from every page. Mr. Hawthorne is a man of the truest genius.Harold Bloom, Distinguished Literary Critic --- Hawthorne's highest achievement is not in "The Scarlet Letter" and "The Marble Faun", distinguished as they are, but in the best of his tales and sketches. My personal favorite among all Hawthorne tales is his last, the extraordinary "Feathertop". It is Hawthorne's ultimate legacy.Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Famous American Poet --- Hawthorne's stories, though in prose, are written nevertheless by a poet. He looks upon all things in the spirit of love, and with lively sympathies. His stories come from the hand of a man of genius.Flannery O'Connor, Iconic American Author --- My opinion of Hawthorne is that he was a very great author indeed?I feel more kinship with him than any other American. Henry James, Author, 3-time Nobel Prize Nominee --- Hawthorne was a beautiful, natural, original genius. His work will remain; it is too original and exquisite to pass away; among the men of imagination he will always have his niche. He combined in a singular degree the spontaneity of the imagination with a haunting care for moral problems. In the field of American letters, Hawthorne is the most valuable example of the American genius.

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Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts. When he 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 1828, wasn't quite the success that he had hoped it would be. Not willing to give up, he began writing stories for Twice-Told Tales. These stories established Hawthorne as a leading writer. In 1842, Hawthorne moved to Concord, Massachusetts, 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.

Jerome Tiller lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is co-owner of ArtWrite Productions, a publishing company bent on making education and reading more pleasurable for youth. Adapted Classics, an imprint of ArtWrite Productions, uses fine-art illustrations ┐to introduce classic stories to young readers. Learn more about Jerome, his co-owner son Paul, and their company at:┐artwriteproductions.com┐and adaptedclassics.com

Marc Johnson-Pencook is an illustrator, animator, and muralist. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His illustrations appear in books, periodicals, gallery shows and private collections, and his murals adorn many walls and ceilings in public places and private spaces in the Twin Cities and beyond. He also teaches illustration at the Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art in Minneapolis and the Art Academy in St. Paul. In addition, Marc composes and performs rock music-he currently plays percussion for "Ozmo Stone"-a rock band based in Minneapolis. Marc can be contacted at: http://illustratormarc.com/

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