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From the author who gave us THE SCARLET LETTER and THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES, here is a comprehensive selection of his best short stories, including:
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About the Author

Born in 1804, Nathaniel Hawthorne is known for his historical tales and novels about American colonial society. After publishing The Scarlet Letter in 1850, its status as an instant bestseller allowed him to earn a living as a novelist. Full of dark romanticism, psychological complexity, symbolism, and cautionary tales, his work is still popular today. He has earned a place in history as one of the most distinguished American writers of the nineteenth century.

Alfred Kazin was born in Brooklyn in 1915. His first book, On Native Grounds, published in 1942, revolutionized critical perceptions of American literature. It was followed by many more books of essays and criticism, including A Walker in the City and, most recently, Writing Was Everything.

Kazin has taught at Harvard, Smith, Amherst, Hunter College, and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In 1996, he received the Truman Capote Literary Trust's first Lifetime Award in Literary Criticism.

Kazin lives in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett; Reissue edition (April 12, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449300129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449300121
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By K. Morrell on February 12, 2012
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This is a collection of many of Hawthorne's most popular stories. They tend to be dark, and at least a little bit depressing, but they provide fascinating insight into human perception. Although readers frequently think of Hawthorne as an accurate depictor of Puritan life, it should be noted that, while he does frequently base stories on historically true events, he like to play around with the causes and results to make the events cohere with the concepts on which he wants to make a study. For example, "The Maypole at Merrymount" depicts a battle between the Puritans and the English Pagans at Merrymount as a religious disagreement although, historically, Merrymount was attacked for its free trade with the surrounding Native Americans, especially the trade of guns, because such trade took away the colonists' advantage in battles against the Native Americans. This doesn't take away the value of the story as Hawthorne intended it, but it does correct some of the common perceptions of students.

Hawthorne's short stories tend to have a distinctly different flavor than _Scarlet Letter_, for example, so, even if you didn't like the novel, you may find that you enjoy the stories.
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