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2.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  122 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Hawthorne's first "romance", first published three years after he graduated from Bowdoin College.
Paperback, 116 pages
Published October 12th 2007 by Book Jungle (first published 1828)
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Jul 18, 2012 Andres rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I don’t know why I’m keeping on with this attempt to read all of an author’s books in a row (in the order they were written) since I’ve failed with everyone except the first (sorry Austen, Forster) and now I can add Hawthorne to the list. I seem to bomb out after reading the first two books of any author, but then again I’ve chosen some heavy hitters...

Anyway, Fanshawe was kind of a surprise. I know that Hawthorne tried desperately to disown the book and have all copies in existence destroyed, b
Nov 15, 2013 Shaun rated it liked it
I read this as part of a Library of America collection, Hawthorne: Collected Novels. In the chronology provided at the end, this is how Hawthorne's debut novel is described:

1828 - Fanshawe published in Boston at his own expense ($100 according to his sister Elizabeth, but in view of the contemporary publishing costs more likely $200. Ashamed of this first effort (which does not bear his name on its title page), he forbids his friends to mention his authorship and refuses to discuss the book in
Oct 31, 2008 Amber rated it liked it
This was Hawthorne's first novel, published I think when he was in college. He published it anonymously, and later in life tried to suppress it. I just wish that my first novel could be this good! I noticed that his character development isn't as intense as in his other novels I've read, but I feel like the plot/story line was more climatic...even if it did conclude in a sudden rush. I liked it.
Nutty Mars
Dec 27, 2014 Nutty Mars rated it liked it
Wooden language. This must have been the start of Hollywood. Still, it was an interesting reading experience.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Aug 31, 2013 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Hawthorne Fans
I can't imagine anyone today reading this were it not this was by Nathaniel Hawthorne, who'd later write such classics as The Scarlet Letter and The House of Seven Gables. Note, that came later. When he wrote this he was barely out of college, he published it anonymously, then later would try to destroy every copy in existence. I'm not sorry he didn't succeed. I can imagine this, his first novel, is a goldmine for scholars of American literature.

And it's not really burn-worthy. I can see glimme
Ana Maria Rînceanu
This novel started out strong so I was pumped. Hawthorne's use of language is great and the premise was interesting. We are introduced to a love triangle between the heiress Ellen, the immature student Edward and the sickly scholar Fanshawe and things start to go south after the villain steps in. The pacing of this novel is beyond weird and not in a good way. After the first half of the novel, all suspense is gone, even thought the quest to recover the kidnapped maiden has just started.

All in a

2 stars

The beautiful Ellen Langton comes to live with her father's old friend at Harley College. She attracts two admirers, but is then caught up in an intrigue from which they strive to rescue her.

Hawthorne was apparently ashamed of this debut effort, and it's certainly not his best work. It is a readable short novel, but in no way outstanding. It's an attempt at a mysterious romance, but it gives the impression that Hawthorne simply threw together many stock elements wi
Aug 12, 2012 Jake rated it really liked it
I know a lot of people didn't like this book, and I will admit it is not nearly as good as his later novels, but I enjoyed this. The writing style drew me in. The characters kept me in. And the plot was, well workable, but interesting enough. What I really enjoyed was his incredible ability to use description. I was there in the cabin, the woods. I went along on the horse ride. While the end seemed quick, all in all I think this was a good first work, even if he didn't.
Feb 19, 2013 Jamie rated it liked it
I liked this story despite the fact that it is not a maturely written piece and has poor organization. Hawthorne has a lovely way with words and detail. I thought the ending was rather abrupt and the story missed some helpful details, but overall, it was an intriguing plot. Had this story been written later in Hawthorne's career I think it would have been much better.
K.M. Weiland
Dec 26, 2013 K.M. Weiland rated it it was ok
This is a completely forgettable romp, but it’s much better than other early novels of classic authors—and it’s much more readable and enjoyable than Hawthorne’s House of the Seven Gables.
Jun 19, 2012 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
To be honest, I thought it was a bit weird. I wasn't a huge fan of the story, or the ending, but I gave it three stars because I loved the language and the descriptions.
Oct 20, 2015 dredinol rated it it was ok
Read it because of its background and because Fanshawe is such a good name, if I were him I can imagine writing it quite beautifully whatever my handwriting may be. That Hawthorne should disown it and his wife would not even acknowledge its existence is the best thing about this book, I mean what a cool thing to do!

I hate modern novels for having made me dislike virtue or virtuous women which translate as whiny in my head or into exclamations such as "oh jeez", or thoughts such as all you need
JD Brazil
Jun 15, 2008 JD Brazil rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: old rich white people
Hawthorne must really think himself a fancy-dan, hoity toity cock sucker. You know why people like him? They like him because they can read all that stuffy bull shit and feel smarter for it. Someone might say to a Hawthorne fan, "How did you like the latest Grisham or Koontz novel?" and the Hawthorne fan would say all smug, "Oh please, they don't hold a candle to all of the archaic symbolism that Hawthorne writes with." They like Hawthorne because he uses big words, but they are able to figure t ...more
Lukas Evan
Sep 24, 2014 Lukas Evan rated it it was ok
Hawthorne's first novel. He got better.
Jun 04, 2011 Jermajesty rated it it was ok
Interesting to read as Nathaniel Hawthorne's first book, and the very first "college novel."

Too good to be dismissed as mere "juvenilia," but so all over the place that it seems like the work of someone suffering ADD-like symptoms.

Worth reading, but for the most part only as an important literary footnote.
Faith Bradham
Nov 22, 2012 Faith Bradham rated it it was ok
Oh Hawthorne. This was not a very good first effort, but then I suppose everyone has to start somewhere! He forgot to let his characters have any sort of personality or growth, and he beat the idea of the marriage plot to death.
Jul 30, 2010 Sherman rated it it was ok
Hawthorne's first novel, he distanced himself from it for the rest of his life. It was a nice introduction to his style and an interesting peek into the cultural norms of the day.
Boilerplate melodrama. One should bear in mind that Hawthorne wasn't the only great writer to publish something regrettable on the first try.
Laurel Hicks
This very early romance of Nathaniel Hawthorne has its charm.
Sep 21, 2012 Juliana rated it it was ok
Hawthorne's first novel-meh, he still had a lot to learn.
Dee Crabtree
I love the timeless themes of this book.
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Jul 23, 2012 D.J. Butler rated it it was ok
Shelves: literary
Youthful work. It shows.
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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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