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The Scarlet Letter
A stark and allegorical tale of adultery, guilt, and social repression in Puritan New England, The Scarlet Letter is a foundational work of American literature. Nathaniel Hawthorne's exploration of the dichotomy between public and private self, internal passion and external convention, gives us the unforgettable Hester Prynne, who discovers strength in the face of ostracism and emerges as a heroine ahead of her time.
The House of the Seven Gables
The tale of a cursed house with a "mysterious and terrible past" and the generations linked to it, Hawthorne's chronicle of the Maule and Pyncheon families over two centuries reveals, in Mary Oliver's world, "lives caught in the common fire of history."
More by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The author has been long of opinion that many of the classical myths were capable of being rendered into very capital reading for children. In the little volume here offered to the public, he has worked up half a dozen with this end in view. A great freedom of treatment was necessary to his plan; but it will be observed by every one who attempts to render these legends malleable in his intellectual furnace that they are marvellously independent of all temporary modes and circumstances. They remain essentially the same, after changes that would affect the identity of almost anything else. He does not, therefore, plead guilty to a sacrilege, in having sometimes shaped anew, the forms that have been hallowed by an antiquity of two or three thousand years. No epoch of time can claim a copyright in these immortal fables. They seem never to have been made; and certainly, so long as man exists, they can never perish; but, by their indestructibillity itself, they are legitimate subjects for every age to clothe with its own garniture of manners and sentiment, and to imbue with its own morality. In the present version they have lost much of their classical aspect (or, at all events, the author has not been careful to preserve it), and have, perhaps, assumed a Gothic or romantic guise.--From the Preface
Amidst the inspiring landscape of Rome, three young Americans abroad discover the artistic and moral freedom offered by that historic city. Together with the childlike Donatello they flourish in the company of cultured Europeans. They are free to live, and free to love. While Kenyon quietly pursues the virginal Hilda, Donatello declares passionate, obsessive love for Miriam. But she is an unknown quantity, haunted by her former life; pursued by a sinister spectre and a sense of doom. Propelled by his wild and unsophisticated heart. Donatello provokes their mutual sin. Now, miserably entangled, their friendship-and love-must struggle to survive.
In language that is suggestive and often erotic, Nathaniel Hawthorne tells a tale of failed possibilities and multiple persnoal betrayals as he explores the contrasts between what his characters espouse and what they actually experience in an "ideal" community. A theme of unrealized sexual possibilities serves as a counterpoint to the other failures at Blithedale: class and sex distinctions are not eradicated, and communal work on the farm proves personally unrewarding and economically disastrous.
Nathaniel Hawthorne was a true master of fiction and this book of selected works shows how he mastered the art of writing. From the author who gave us "The Scarlet Letter" and "The House Of Seven Gables", here is a comprehensive selection of his best short stories ever. Some of the titles included are "The Minister's Black Veil," "Young Goodman Brown," and "Ethan Brand."
With a determined commitment to the history of his native land, Nathaniel Hawthorne revealed, more incisively than any other writers of his generation, the nature of a distinctly American consciousness. The pieces collected here deal with essential American matters: the Puritan past, the Indians, the Revolution. But Hawthorne was highly--often wickedly--unorthodox in his account of life in early America, and his precisely constructed plots quickly engage the reader's imagination. Written in the 1820s, 30s and 40s, these works are informed by themes that reappear in Hawthorne's longer works: The Scarlet Letter, The House of the Seven Gables, and The Blithedale Romance. And, as Michael J. Colacurio points out in his excellent introduction, they are themes that are now deeply embedded in the American literary tradition.
Young Goodman Brown and Other Short Stories: Dover Thrift EditionsNathaniel HawthorneDover Publications / Trade Paperback$3.60 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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Choice collection of short fiction by one of the masters of the genre. In addition to the title story, this volume includes "The Birthmark," "Rappaccini's Daughter," "Roger Malvin's Burial," "The Artist of the Beautiful," "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" and "My Kinsman, Major Molineux." Tales deal with scientific experiment, witchcraft, revenge, more.
The Marble Faun: or, The Romance of Monte Beni - eBookNathaniel HawthornePenguin Classics / 1990 / ePub$13.99
Nathaniel Hawthorne Study Resources
The Scarlet Letter, Novel Units Student Packet, Grades 9-12Nathaniel HawthorneECS Learning Systems, Inc. / Other, N/A$10.99 Retail:
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This Novel Unit Student Packet is designed to be used with the not-included The Scarlet Letter Novel Units Teacher's Guide; the book The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne must be obtained separately.
A few pre-reading activities are included to gauge a student's familiarity with the context of the novel. Once the student has began reading the novel, vocabulary activities, graphic organizers, review and comprehension questions, quizzes, a final test, puzzles, project and essay ideas, and a line-listed answer key are included. Exercises help students focus on literary and character analysis, as well as critical thinking and comprehension skills. Student questions reference the edition quoted in the front cover. [Signet Classic paperback edition published by Penguin Books]. 32 reproducible for classroom use pages, softcover. Answers included. Grades 9-12.
The Scarlet Letter, Novel Units Teacher's Guide, Grades 9-12Nathaniel HawthorneECS Learning Systems, Inc. / Trade Paperback$9.99 Retail:
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Including a number of teacher's helps, exercises, discussion questions, assessment tools, graphic organizers, writing and art ideas, critical thinking challenges, extension activities, glossary and more, this book is a convenient guide to facilitating discussion. Background information includes a summary, information about the author, and ideas for initiating activity; the discussion questions follow the chapters in the book. Page numbers are included, which reference the edition quoted in the front cover. [Signet Classic paperback edition published by Penguin Books]. Please note that the student packet includes the answers to the student book, not this teacher's edition. 32 pages, paperback. Grades 9-12.
This episode in the Masters of American Literature DVD Series, The Hawthorne Legacy, offers students and teachers an overview into the life and writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne, a pre-eminent 19th century American novelist. Divided into five chapters, each program is intended for class discussion and individual learning. Grades 8-12. 30 minutes on DVD.