The Portable Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Portable Nathaniel Hawthorne

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  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101010426
  • 464 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


The Portable Hawthorne includes writings from each major stage in the career of Nathaniel Hawthorne: a number of his most intriguing early tales, all of The Scarlet Letter, excerpts from his three subsequently published romances—The House of Seven Gables, The Blithedale Romance, and The Marble Faun—as well as passages from his European journals and a sampling of his last, unfinished works. The editor’s introduction and head notes trace the evolution of Hawthorne’s writing over the course of his long career: from the tales, to their apotheosis in The Scarlet Letter, through his popular romances, to his private journals and frustrated attempts at another romance. Readers looking for a critical vantage point from which to see Hawthorne whole—his artistic rise, triumph, and sad decline—can find it in this collection.


Table of Contents

The Portable HawthorneIntroduction

I. The Tales (1830-1852)

Editor’s Note
My Kinsman, Mayor Molineux
Roger Malvin’s Burial
Young Goodman Brown
The Minister’s Black Veil
The Man of Adamant
The Birth-Mark
Rappaccini’s Daughter
from “The Old Manse”
to Twice-told Tales
to The Snow-Image

II. The Scarlet Letter (1850)

Editor’s Note

III. The Published Romances (1851-1860)

Editor’s Note
from The House of the Seven Gables
from The Blithedale Romance
from The Marble Faun

IV. The European Journals (1853-1860)

Editor’s Note
from the English, French, and Italian Journals

V. The Last Years (1861-1864)

Editor’s Note
Passages from the letters and the Unfinished Romances

Suggestions for Further Reading