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The library of America is dedicated to publishing America's best and most significant writing in handsome, enduring volumes, featuring authoritative texts. Hailed as the "finest-looking, longest-lasting editions ever made" (The New Republic), Library of America volumes make a fine gift for any occasion. Now, with exactly one hundred volumes to choose from, there is a ...more
Hardcover, 1493 pages
Published May 6th 1982 by Library of America (first published January 1st 1982)
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Paula Cappa
Jan 30, 2013 Paula Cappa rated it it was amazing
Marvelous! I love Hawthorne's short reads. When I read his stories,I always feel thrust into the 1800s with such juicy detail. Nobody brings you into that era as dramatically as Hawthorne does. His stories are deep with his thinking and explorations into the supernatural. Most times, his characters really breathe on me. Sounds a little crazy, but what is fiction if not to transport you to the other worlds? These stories have romance, intelligence, sin, guilt, ghosts, and witches, and all quite ...more
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Jul 15, 2013 Jeff Williams rated it really liked it
Very interesting and unexpected; this was like a Grimm's Fairy Tales set in Colonial New England. Demons, witches, hypocritical Puritans, and a variety of fantastical plot twists. Many of the stories are rather dark, but not all. Hawthorne also has some interesting observations on life and the human condition that will cause the reader to stop and say, "Ahh, interesting," in the midst of a story. Some of the stories, while likely original for the time, feel a bit worn to the modern reader. But ...more
Aug 26, 2014 Zepp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lots of amazing stuff. The layout of this edition, while comprehensive, is more scholarly than readable- go ahead and skip the chronological framework and read his best 9 or 12 or 20 stories along with the random gels. Even the editions published during his lifetime are broken scattered and arranged by date, so a preface might be 300 pages removed from the first story. They're so good though, in that weird allegorical way...must must read read
Feb 03, 2010 JoAnn rated it really liked it
Just read "The Artist of the Beautiful. "A beautiful story of one man's life-long pursuit of creating his dream of the beautiful and the sacrifices he makes and obstacles he overcomes in achieving that dream. Must read again to fully appreciate the beauty this artist created with words.
Chris Hunt
May 11, 2011 Chris Hunt rated it it was amazing
This man could string 'em together with the best of them. Like no other, I love The Haunted Mind. If you want some beautiful short stories, this author's stories are amazing
Oct 19, 2012 Ben rated it it was amazing
My guardian had a name of considerable eminence, and fitter for the place it occupies in ecclesiastical history, than for so frivolous a page as mine. In his own vicinity, among the lighter part of his hearers, he was called Parson Thumpcushion, from the very forcible gestures with which he illustrated his doctrines. Certainly, if his powers as a preacher were to be estimated by the damage done to his pulpit furniture, none of his living brethren, and but few dead ones, would have been worthy ...more
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2) Mosses from an Old Manse
3) The Snow-Image
4) A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys
5) Tanglewood Tales for Girls and Boys; Being a Second Wonder Book
6) An Old Woman's Tale
7) The Haunted Quack
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10) A Visit to the Clerk of the Weather
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19) Sir William
Oct 10, 2011 Gill rated it it was amazing
Hawthorne is a master at painting a picture with words. Try "View from A Steeple" to see what I mean. The stories are always full of local color, language that was alive then and in disuse now, and remind one that human nature has not changed so much as we think nor is America so different as we like to think.
The LOA edition in leather is also a physical pleasure to hold and read, which we don't always get now with books made less well from cheaper materials.
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Nathaniel Hawthorne was a 19th century American novelist and short story writer. He is seen as a key figure in the development of American literature for his tales of the nation's colonial history.

Shortly after graduating from Bowdoin College, Hathorne changed his name to Hawthorne. Hawthorne anonymously published his first work, a novel titled Fanshawe, in 1828. In 1837, he published Twice-Told T
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