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Young Goodman Brown and Other Tales

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The first paperback edition to include full annotations of these twenty Hawthorne tales written between the 1830s and 50s, this volume contains the classic pieces "Young Goodman Brown," "The Maypole of Merry Mount," "The Birthmark," "The Celestial Railroad," and "Earth's Holocaust," as well as tales, such as "My Kinsman, Major Molineux," which represent Hawthorne's interes ...more
Paperback, 398 pages
Published April 22nd 1998 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1987)
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Jan 11, 2015 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1800-s, prose
Every negative, shitty thing people have told you about Hawthorne is complete and utter nonsense. Do yourself a favour and pick this up, or some other collection. As short fiction goes, it's Hawthorne and Borges, then everyone else. There's maybe some recent American short fiction that comes close to measuring up: Amy Hempel, DFW in Oblivion mode, and so on.

"My Kinsman, Major Molineux," "Young Goodman Brown," "The Minister's Black Veil," "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment," "The Birthmark," "Rappacini
Puritans were the worst. I blame them for maybe half of what's still wrong with America.
Feb 25, 2012 Raelene rated it really liked it
Hawthorne is much more exciting (if Puritan-based tales can be exciting) and accessible than I supposed he would be. His tales are deliciously ambiguous and expertly crafted. His particular theory of transcendentalism (access to the Oversoul comes through communion with another person) imbibes and clarifies all of his work.
Jeffrey Falk
This is certainly of immense historical interest, but the stories vary in quality. At the very least, Hawthorne wrote with the illustrative flair of a great artist (even when his themes, characters, and metaphysics were lacking) that largely died after his century.
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Jun 19, 2012 Alana Ko rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
I really enjoy his short stories
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A proper witch's sabbath, that.
Terry Gallagher
Glad I read it, but mainly to realize that I'm not interested in reading a lot more Hawthorne.
Mar 10, 2011 Wayne marked it as to-read
I have SO enjoyed "The Scarlet Letter",
and seeing I have this volume and no others
of Nathaniel Hawthorne's,
what better place to continue
a new affair with a newly-discovered writer.
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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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