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- Publisher : Grove Press; 1st edition (June 10, 2005)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0802142052
- ISBN-13 : 978-0802142054
- Item Weight : 1.06 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.34 x 0.88 x 9.16 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,702,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Like another reviewer, the book made such an impression on me that I made a special trip to Concord to see the Old Manse, Emerson's home and the Alcott house. I wasn't disappointed with the trip---nor will anyone be disappointed with this truly wonderful work.
As he neared 40 Hawthorne wed Sophia Peabody one of the daughters of the famous Peabody family of New England Transcendentalists. Mary Peabody would wed famed educational reformer Horace Mann. The Hawthornes began an idyllic time as newlyweds in the Old Manse owned by the family of Ralph Waldon Emerson. Hawthorne became friendly with the transcendalists gurus of Concord. Emerson, Thoreau, Lowell, Margaret Fuller, the Alcott family and Longfellow. He also knew Harriet Beecher Stowe. Hawthorne won fame as the author of such American classics as "The Scarlet Letter,"; "The House of Seven Gables,"; "The Blithedale Romance,"; (based on the time he spent on a utopian farm prior to his marriage to Sophia:) and great short stories.
Hawthorne and Sophie had three children: Una who became ill in Rome dying in her early 30s; Julian a prolific author who fell afoul of the law in his later years and Rose who has been sainted by the Roman Catholic Church for her work among the dying. The Hawthornes had a deep love throughout their happy marriage.
Hawthorne barely scraped by on his writing. He was awarded patronage jobs by the Democratic party when he served as a custom inspector in Salem and later as US Consul in Liverpool during the administration of his old friend Franklin Pierce. The Hawthorne family also lived in Italy and enjoyed life in Europe. I was amazed that McFarland did not give one sentence to the important friendship existing between Herman Melville and Hawthorne. Melville dedicated "Moby Dick" to Hawthorne.
Hawthorne was a quiet, handsome and solitary individual. Hawthorne enjoyed long walks and times of meditation in the beautiful New England woods. McFarland is good at discussing these moments in the life of his subject. He and Sophie enjoyed reading, music and quiet country life.
Due to his friendship with the doughface Pierce he was scorned by many of his friends for being too soft on chattel slavery. Hawthrone was, however, no friend of slavery. He prefered that the southern states leave the nation if they desired to do so. Hawthorne met Abraham Lincoln and was impressed with him.
McFarland also devotes a considerable number of pages in his book to discussing the other famous folks who lived in Concord. Concord was a small village which was the site of the New England revival in American literature and a hotbed of the transcendental movement in America.
This book will not teach you very much about the novels of Hawthorne. The reader desiring that information should turn to the longer, more scholarly and less adulatory biography by scholar Brenda Wineapple. The McFarland book is a pleasant reading experience transporting the reader back to a distant time of America in the 1840s through the Civil War era.
The book would be a fine gift for a high school student being introduced to the life and work of our first pyschological novelist who explored sin and the Puritan past with genius and insight.