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The Portable Hawthorne

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A representative selection of writings from the work of a great American artist The Portable Hawthorne includes writings from each major stage in the career of Nathaniel Hawthorne: a number of his most intriguing early tales, all of The Scarlet Letter, excerpts from his three subsequently published romances-The House of Seven Gables, The Blithedale Romance, and The Marble ...more
ebook, 2nd Revised Edition, 439 pages
Published November 29th 2005 by Penguin Books (first published 1948)
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Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got so fascinated with Nathaniel Hawthorne in college that after graduation I took time off to read his complete works. So, recently when I picked up The Portable Hawthorne, I could only hope that the decades had been powerless to cool my ardor. Now, after reading it through, I'm as inspired as ever to echo Henry James' extravagant words, "Hawthorne -- that best of Americans!" What a shame the prevailing mindset in today's academic, entertainment and media worlds is such that Hawthorne must be ...more
Tom Schulte
This ia a very good compendium of Hawthorne's writing, the largest selection is a complete "Scarlet Letter". Commentary from the editor Malcolm Crowley is light and unobtrusive yet insightful. Hawthorne could be so heavy-handed in his largely nationalist/Christian/righteous metaphor and this can get tiring (as in "The Grey Champion" or "The Scarlet Letter"), but in small doses this book is a wonderfully entertaining collection of top-notch writing. I find Hawthorne at his best unmoored from his ...more
Adam Brewer
A great collection of Hawthorne's short stories, also including "The Scarlet Letter," and excerpts from "The Marble Faun." Among my favorites of Hawthorne's short stories, are 'Roger Malvin's Burial,' 'My Kinsman, Major Molineux,' and 'The Birth-Mark.'

The great thing about this collection, is that by progressing from his early short stories to his later novels, you really get to see how he developed his own unique language and imagery, and how every story builds upon the last. Until finally you
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, one of my favorite books for a while. I have to admit I've never gotten through any of Hawthorne's novels. But I love his short stories. I admit, they're probably overwritten and overdramatic. Still, I love them all the same. Great collection.
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A great sampling of Hawthorne's works. Includes "The Man of Adamant," "The Birth-Mark," "Young Goodman Brown," "Roger Malvin's Burial," and The Scarlet Letter, among others. Hawthorne is a good writer, to say the least.
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Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great collection.
Taylor W. Rushing
I am sorry to offened all you "Letter-Lovers" but The Scarlet Letter is way overated.
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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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