Nathaniel Hawthorne: Tales and Sketches

Nathaniel Hawthorne: Tales and Sketches

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This Library of America volume offers what no reader has ever been able to find—an authoritative edition of all the tales and sketches of Nathaniel Hawthorne in a single comprehensive volume. Everything is included from his three books of stories, Twice-told Tales (1837, revised 1851), Mosses from an Old Manse (1846, 1854), and The Snow-Image, and Other Twice-told Tales (1851), and from his two books of stories for children based on classical myths, A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys (1852) and Tanglewood Tales (1853)—along with sixteen stories not found in any of these volumes.

The stories are arranged, as they never have been in any other edition, in the order of their periodical publication. Readers of Hawthorne will thereby get a unique sense of how he became one of the most powerful and experimental writers of American fiction.

Here are many familiar but always surprising works like “Young Goodman Brown,” “Wakefield,” “The Birth-mark,” “The Artist of the Beautiful,” “Rappaccini’s Daughter,” and “Ethan Brand.” And here, too, are many others that deserve to be better known, like:
• “Roger Malvin’s Burial,” a suspenseful story of guilt and parricide;
• “The May-Pole of Merry Mount,” where the chances for human love are perilously suspended between the silken license of the revelers and the iron rectitude of the Puritans;
• the masterly tale “My Kinsman, Major Molineux,” full of the pains and terrors of national and familial separations, the severing of the ties of blood and culture that united the colonies to England;
• and the exquisite little story “The Wives of the Dead,” about the ambiguities of love and loss, in which, as so often in Hawthorne, the reader at the end is left in a kind of awe at the multiple possibilities of meaning.

To read these stories is to understand anew why Hawthorne is a great artist and an astonishingly contemporary one.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780940450035
Publisher: Library of America
Publication date: 05/28/1982
Series: Library of America Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 1493
Sales rank: 622,065
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.74(d)

About the Author

Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804, in Salem, Massachusetts, the son and grandson of proud New England seafarers. He lived in genteel poverty with his widowed mother and two young sisters in a house filled with Puritan ideals and family pride in a prosperous past. His boyhood was, in most respects, pleasant and normal. In 1825 he was graduated from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, and he returned to Salem determined to become a writer of short stories. For the next twelve years he was plagued with unhappiness and self-doubts as he struggled to master his craft. He finally secured some small measure of success with the publication of his Twice-Told Tales (1837). His marriage to Sophia Peabody in 1842 was a happy one. The Scarlet Letter (1850), which brought him immediate recognition, was followed by The House of the Seven Gables (1851). After serving four years as the American Consul in Liverpool, England, he traveled in Italy; he returned home to Massachusetts in 1860. Depressed, weary of writing, and failing in health, he died on May 19, 1864, at Plymouth, New Hampshire.

Date of Birth:

July 4, 1804

Date of Death:

May 19, 1864

Place of Birth:

Salem, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

Plymouth, New Hampshire


Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, 1824

Table of Contents

The Hollow of the Three Hills7
Sir William Phips12
Mrs. Hutchinson18
An Old Woman's Tale25
Dr. Bullivant34
Sights from a Steeple42
The Haunted Quack49
The Wives of the Dead61
My Kinsman, Major Molineux68
Roger Malvin's Burial88
The Gentle Boy108
The Seven Vagabonds139
The Canterbury Pilgrims156
Sir William Pepperell166
Passages from a Relinquished Work174
Mr. Higginbotham's Catastrophe188
The Haunted Mind200
Alice Doane's Appeal205
The Village Uncle217
Little Annie's Ramble228
The Gray Champion236
My Visit to Niagara244
Old News
IIThe Old French War259
IIIThe Old Tory269
Young Goodman Brown276
The Ambitious Guest299
A Rill from the Town-Pump308
The White Old Maid314
The Vision of the Fountain324
The Devil in Manuscript330
Sketches from Memory338
The Wedding-Knell352
The May-Pole of Merry Mount360
The Minister's Black Veil371
Old Ticonderoga385
A Visit to the Clerk of the Weather390
Monsieur du Miroir395
Mrs. Bullfrog406
Sunday at Home414
The Man of Adamant421
David Swan429
The Great Carbuncle435
Fancy's Show Box450
The Prophetic Pictures456
Dr. Heidegger's Experiment470
A Bell's Biography480
Fragments from the Journal of a Solitary Man487
Edward Fane's Rosebud501
The Toll-Gatherer's Day508
Sylph Etherege514
Peter Goldthwaite's Treasure522
Endicott and the Red Cross542
Night Sketches549
The Shaker Bridal555
Foot-prints on the Sea-shore561
Thomas Green Fessenden571
Time's Portraiture585
The Threefold Destiny598
Jonathan Cilley607
Chippings with a Chisel616
Legends of the Province-House
IHowe's Masquerade626
IIEdward Randolph's Portrait640
IIILady Eleanore's Mantle652
IVOld Esther Dudley667
The Sister Years678
The Lily's Quest685
John Inglefield's Thanksgiving692
A Virtuoso's Collection697
The Old Apple-Dealer714
The Antique Ring721
The Hall of Fantasy734
The New Adam and Eve746
The Birth-mark764
Egotism; or, the Bosom-Serpent781
The Procession of Life795
The Celestial Rail-road808
Buds and Bird-Voices825
Little Daffydowndilly834
The Christmas Banquet849
A Good Man's Miracle868
The Intelligence Office873
Earth's Holocaust887
The Artist of the Beautiful907
Drowne's Wooden Image932
A Select Party945
A Book of Autographs959
Rappaccini's Daughter975
P.'s Correspondence1006
Ethan Brand1051
The Great Stone Face1068
The Snow-Image1087
The Old Manse, preface to Mosses from an Old Manse1123
Preface to Twice-told Tales1150
Preface to The Snow-Image, and Other Twice-told Tales1154

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Nathaniel Hawthorne: Tales and Sketches (Library of America) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Kurt-H.-Eckard More than 1 year ago
This volume is top-rate and a "must have" for anyone with a serious interest in Hawthorne. The binding, printing, and paper are first-class. It contains all of the author's approximately 100 short stories written between 1830 and 1852, which were initially published individually in newspapers and periodicals. He later gathered them together in three volumes: "Twice Told Tales," Mosses from an Old Manse," and "The Snow Image and Other Twice Told Tales." All are combined in this outstanding compilation, which also includes other works. Hawthorne's stories are generally allegories, or extended metaphors, where the plots and characters are used to convey a deeper or hidden meaning. Seeking this underlying meaning is a delight, and can be aided by Googling the story title. There is an abundance of helpful reviews and analysis. Hawthorne was a master of the allegory, and, as such, his stories beg an inquiring mind necessary for the deepest enjoyment and appreciation of his talents. They are timeless, and have significant and important historical context. Hawthorne is one of the most important American authors of the 19th Century, together with such other masters as Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Herman Melville, and Henry David Thoreau. The term "Old Manse" refers to the ancestral home of Emerson, which adjoins the Old North Bridge Concord, MA 1775 battlefield, the site of the "Shot Heard Round the World." Nathaniel and his new bride, Sophia Peabody, lived there for two years. The grounds contain a faithful reproduction of the vegetable garden planted as a wedding gift to the couple by Henry David Thoreau. Nearby is the Concord Museum (a treasure trove) and also the Ralph Waldo Emerson House, which was originally constructed as a summer house by the Coolidge family. Inside the Old Manse are window etchings created by "Nat" and Sophia with her diamond ring. They are priceless and to see the actual work of their hands is thrilling. Financial problems forced the couple to return to Hawthorne's family home in Salem, MA, where he wrote his masterpiece "The Scarlet Letter." In summary, this volume will delight anyone who seeks to know and appreciate Nathaniel Hawthorne. Your investment of the purchase price and your time will be amply rewarded. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It's simply excellent!