Nathaniel Hawthorne's Tales: Authoritative Texts, Backgrounds, Criticism
Nathaniel Hawthorne?s best-loved tales are now available in arevised Norton Critical Edition.
This revised Norton Critical Edition brings togethertwenty-three of Hawthorne?s tales in all their psychologicaland moral complexity. The Second Edition adds the earlybiographical sketch "Mrs. Hutchinson" as well as two tales,?The Wives of the Dead" and "Dr. Heidegger?sExperiment." Each tale is accompanied by explanatoryannotations.
"The Author on His Work" contains the prefaces Hawthorne wrotefor the three collections of tales published during hislifetime?The Old Manse, Twice-Told Tales, andThe Snow Image. Also included are pertinent selections fromhis American Notebooks and relevant letters to, among others,Sophia Peabody, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and MargaretFuller.
"Criticism" offers important contemporary assessments ofHawthorne?s tales by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar AllanPoe, Margaret Fuller (new to the Second Edition), James RussellLowell, Herman Melville, and Henry James. Modern criticism is wellrepresented by twelve essays?four of them new to the SecondEdition?on the tales? central issues. Contributorsinclude 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.