Mosses From an Old Manse Nathaniel Hawthorne

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MobileReference.com, 2008 - Electronic books - 269 pages
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Contents: . The Old Manse. The Birthmark. A Select Party. Young Goodman Brown. Rappaccini''s Daughter. Mrs. Bullfrog. Fire Worship. Buds and Bird Voices. Monseiur du Miroir. The Hall of Fantasy. The Celestial Railroad. The Procession of Life. Feathertop: A Moralized Legend. The New Adam and Eve. Egotism; or, The Bosom Serpent. The Christmas Banquet. Drowne''s Wooden Image. The Intelligence Office. Roger Malvin''s Burial. P.''S Correspondence. Earth''s Holocaust. Passages from a Relinquished Work. Sketches from Memory. The Old Apple-Dealer. The Artist of The Beautiful. A Virtuoso''s Collection. Intuitive navigation. . Text annotation and mark-up

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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.

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