Critical Companion to Nathaniel Hawthorne

Critical Companion to Nathaniel Hawthorne

A Literary Reference to His Life and Work

Book - 2007
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An encyclopedic guide to the American poet includes critical entries on his works and characters, biographical information, and influential people and places in his life.

Book News
Some credit Hawthorne with being the first widely-read American psychological novelist, while others accuse him of being amongst the first to take the slippery slope into sentimentalism. This covers both schools and others in between with a biography, synopses of major and minor works, criticism, and profiles of Hawthorne's family and acquaintances. Although it is aimed at the high school or early college level for readers with little exposure to either that famous letter or those famous gables, it also contains more advanced interpretations of lesser-known works such as short stories, including Poe's famous review of Twice-Told Tales and a range of material on influences, including Hawthorne's friendships with Herman Melville and President Franklin Pierce. The result is a well-balanced presentation of the forces surrounding Hawthorne's life and his responses in correspondence and in print. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Facts on File
The Scarlet Letter, The House of the Seven Gables, "Young Goodman Brown," and "Rappaccini's Daughter" are staples of high school English classes across the country. Nathaniel Hawthorne's works and characters have left a lasting impression on writers, scholars, and readers around the world.

Critical Companion to Nathaniel Hawthorne offers critical entries on Hawthorne's novels, short stories, travel writing, criticism, and other works, as well as portraits of characters, including Hester Prynne and Roger Chillingworth. This comprehensive reference also provides entries on Hawthorne's family, friends ranging from Herman Melville to President Franklin Pierce publishers, and critics, as well as periodicals that published his work and important places and events in his life. Covering everything of importance in Nathaniel Hawthorne's life and work, this invaluable guide offers a complete view of this revered author.

Coverage includes:
  • A biography of Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Entries on his works, both major and minor, including critical surveys and coverage of major characters
  • Entries on family, friends, places, critics, and more
  • Appendixes, including full texts of important contemporary reviews (including Edgar Allan Poe's famous review of Twice-Told Tales), a bibliography, a chronology of Hawthorne's life, and more.

Publisher: New York, NY : Facts On File, c2007
ISBN: 9780816055838
Branch Call Number: 813.3 HAW
Characteristics: viii, 392 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Nathaniel Hawthorne


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