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A Week in Literary History

July 4th, 2002

American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne (The Scarlet Letter, 1850) is born in Salem, Mass., 1804.

Nathaniel Hawthorne, b. July 4, 1804, d. 1864

hawthorneportrait.jpgAt one time, Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter was assigned reading in all American schools. But at the moment, his novels and tales are thought old-fashioned. Old-fashioned they may be, but they provide a view of early America not to be found anywhere else: of a virgin wilderness haunted by spectres imported by European settlers. And his notebooks paint indelible pictures of America and Europe in the years preceding our Civil War.

Suggested Reading Novels The Scarlet Letter, 1850. The House of the Seven Gables, 1851. The Blithedale Romance, 1852. The Marble Faun, 1860. Tales & Sketches Twice-Told Tales, 1837-1851. Mosses from an Old Manse, 1846-1854. Tanglewood Tales, 1853. Essays Our Old Home, 1863. Journals The American Notebooks, 1932. The English Notebooks, 1941.

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