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The Haunted Mind (From "Twice Told Tales")

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The Haunted Mind is a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne (born Nathaniel Hathorne; July 4, 1804 - May 19, 1864) was an American novelist and short story writer. He was born in 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts to Nathaniel Hathorne and the former Elizabeth Clarke Manning. His ancestors include John Hathorne, the only judge involved in the Salem witch trials who never repented ...more
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Published January 1st 2010 by MVB E-Books (first published 2005)
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What a singular moment is the first one, when you have hardly begun to recollect yourself after starting from midnight slumber! By unclosing your eyes so suddenly, you seem to have surprised the personages of your dream in full convocation round your bed, and catch one broad glance at them before they can flit into obscurity.


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I first read this short story when I was in 11th grade for a English class and I completely fell in love. The very day I read it I went out and purchased a copy of it and that copy has gone with me all these years. Tonight I read it to my daughter and for the first time and once again fell in love. Nathaniel takes an experience we are all use to and gives it a slight twist that can send a tiny chill down your spine. In complete Hawthorne style the sentences are full and rich in details. If your ...more
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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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