Bibliography: The Blithedale Romance
Questions for The Blithedale Romance
Bibliography: "My Kinsman, Major Molineux"
Cracking the Code of Hawthorne's Allegories (discussion questions)
Hawthorne Society. This site is essential for learning about the current
state of Hawthorne studies.
Hawthorne in Salem. This
site at North Shore Community College includes biographical and architectural
information as well as pictures of sites associated with Hawthorne, including
the Custom House.
Home Page. Eric Eldred's excellent Hawthorne site at Eldritch Press
contains all of Hawthorne's works, notes on the writings, annotated editions,and
lots of other information. This is an essential site for those working
Scarlet Letter: The Classic Text. This site at the University
of Wisconsin provides background information and critical essays.
the Columbia Encyclopedia.This site at bartleby.com has essays by
20th-century critics such as Carl Van Doren.
Hawthorne and Melville. This
page at the Melville site has a great deal of information about the friendship
between these two men.
Sketch of Hawthorne from the Heath Anthology site.
Review of a new
biography, Hawthorne in Concord.
Bicentennial Exhibition at the Phillips Library of the Peabody Essex museum
includes an interactive feature on Hawthorne and his sister's handwritten
1820 newspaper, The Spectator.
News item (includes picture of Sophia Hawthorne): "Hawthornes to be reunited"
Collection at Bowdoin College.
Portrait of Hawthorne by Charles Osgood (1840) courtesy of the Peabody-EssexMuseum,
Daguerreotype of Hawthorne circa 1850-55 courtesy of the Library
Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne at Eric Eldred's Eldritch Press Hawthorne
Letter (carefully annotated HTML edition from Eric Eldred)
and His Mosses" (New York Literary World, August 17 and 24,
of the Seven Gables (1851) (HTML; Eric Eldred)
Tales (1837, 1851)
from an Old Manse (1846, 1854) (HTML; Eric Eldred)
and Other Twice-Told Tales (1852)
of Franklin Pierce (1852)
About War Matters" (1862)
Whole History of Grandfather's Chair, 1840
for Girls and Boys (1852)
From Little Masterpieces of American Humor (1903)
Nathaniel Hawthorne was a kind-hearted man as well as a great novelist. While he was consul at Liverpool a young Yankee walked into his office. The boy had left home to seek his fortune, but evidently hadn't found it yet, although he had crossed the sea in his search. Homesick, friendless, nearly penniless, he wanted a passage home. The clerk said Mr. Hawthorne could not be seen, and intimated that the boy was not American, but was trying to steal a passage. The boy stuck to his point, and the clerk at last went to the little room and said to Mr. Hawthorne: "Here's a boy who insists upon seeing you. He says he is an American, but I know he isn't." Hawthorne came out of the room and looked keenly at the eager, ruddy face of the boy. "You want a passage to America?"
"And you say you're an American?"
"From what part of America?"
"United States, sir."
"New Hampshire, sir."
Hawthorne looked at him for a minute before asking him the next question. "Who sold the best apples in your town?"[Pg 48]
"Skim-milk Folsom, sir," said the boy, with glistening eye, as the old familiar by-word brought up the dear old scenes of home.
"It's all right," said Hawthorne to the clerk; "give him a passage."