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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: BiblioLife (Jan. 28 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1103162586
  • ISBN-13: 978-1103162581
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 327 g
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About the Author

Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts. After graduating from university in 1825, he returned to Salem determined to become a writer and worked on short stories and historical sketches. In 1828 he published the novel Fanshawe at his own expense; it was a failure but led to a productive relationship with publisher Samuel Goodrich. He returned to writing short fiction, then worked for Goodrich as hack writer and editor. Hawthorne became a surveyor of the Boston Custom House in 1839, then left in 1841 to invest in a communal experiment, when he also married. Disappointed in communal life, he moved to Concord, Massachusetts and returned to serious writing in 1846 with Mosses from an Old Manse. After a further three years as a customs surveyor, he finally produced his first significant novel and masterwork, The Scarlet Letter, in 1850, followed by two more major novels and some of his best short stories. In 1853 a college friend became President and Hawthorne was appointed US consul at Liverpool, living in England and Italy for six years. He published a further novel and some essays on England on his return; four unfinished novels and passages from his notebooks were published on his death in 1864. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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HASH(0xa3914cf0) out of 5 stars An overlooked classic of American literature May 17 2015
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This thoroughly engaging and very human memoir of Hawthorne's days in England (and Scotland) during his time as American consul in Liverpool is one of those hidden gems of American literature that deserves to be far more widely known and read than it is. Hawthorne truly is one of America's great writers, and for those who only know his dark side (eg., "The Scarlet Letter" and "Goodman Brown"), this book will be a revelation. As we join Hawthorne on his leisurely ramble through the various corners of Britain (which, for Americans such as Hawthorne, was indeed "our old home"), he shares his many observations, insights and reflections, not only on the places and people he encounters along the way but on life in general. This is not a book to speed read; it is a book to savor, one page at a time. It contains more wisdom than many of the great works of philosophy and more gentle humor than you will find in all of our modern humorists combined, but it is Hawthorne's basic decency and humanity that is ultimately the book's greatest strength. When I finally read the last page (which, by the way, is hilarious), I felt as if I were taking leave of an old friend.