Nathaniel Hawthorne is regarded as one of the masters of early American short fiction. Long-time fans and curious newcomers will appreciate this collection of Hawthorne's short stories, which brings together some of his most important early work and was praised by a chorus of illustrious contemporaries such as Melville, Poe, and Whitman.
Every year the ten most miserable people in town are invited to a Christmas banquet. Their misery is shared alongside the holiday feast, and every year, an increasingly wretched Gervayse Hastings makes his appearance. Over time, all the other guests seem to have grown in character and risen above their sad condition, except of course, Mr. Hastings.
Author Nathaniel Hawthorne originally subtitled this anti-Christmas tale "An Allegory of the...
Though he is now regarded as one of the masters of American literature, Nathaniel Hawthorne spent a sizable chunk of his peak writing years living in England. This volume collects a series of essays and sketches that Hawthorne penned during his stay abroad. They offer keen insight into the differences between the two cultures and the ultimately illusory nature of the idea of "home."
An "A" for "adultery" marks Hester Prynne as an outcast from the society of colonial Boston. Although forced by the puritanical town fathers to wear a badge of shame, Hester steadfastly resists their efforts to discover the identity of her baby's father. Masterful in its symbolism and compelling in its character studies, Nathaniel Hawthorne's tale of punishment and reconciliation examines the concepts of sin, guilt, and pride.