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Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 – 1864)

Nationality: AmericanPeriods: American: 1783-1865

themes of the supernatural and Romanticism

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Criticism about Nathaniel Hawthorne

Hawthorne, the Hippie and the Square
“A MEMBER OF MY FRESHMAN HUMANITIES SECTION speaks to the class on ‘The Hippie and the Square’…I am especially reminded of Hawthorne, a man whose thought is more radical and more modern (or more timeless) than we usually recognize behind the eighteenth-century urbanity of his style, his allegorical habit, and his historical settings.”
From: Studies in the Novel, 1970, pp. 425-39
Domesticating Hawthorne: Home Is for the Birds
An essay which examines bird and house metaphors in Hawthorne’s works. From a sample issue of the journal that is available without access restrictions.
Contains: Criticism,
Author: John Dolis
From: Criticism 43.1 (2001) 7-28
Early criticism or biography of Hawthorne
This site provides links to criticism of Hawthorne and his works by his contemporaries like Herman Melville, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Edgar Alan Poe.
Contains: Criticism, Webliography
Author: Eldred, Eric
From: Eldritch Press
Keywords: contemporary criticism, peers, Nathaniel Hawthorne
This lengthy analysis of the author’s life and work includes sections on “Hawthorne and Puritanism”, “His Relations with the Transcendentalists”, “Early Stories”, “Later Romances”, and “Transcendental Doctrines in Hawthorne: Self-Reliance; Compensation; Circles.”
Contains: Extensive Bio, Criticism, Bibliography
Author: John Erskien
From: The Cambridge History of English and American Literature Volume XVI: American, Early National Literature: Part II, Later National Literature: Part I
Hawthorne and His Mosses
Author Herman Melville discusses Hawthorne’s works.
Contains: Criticism
Author: Herman Melville
From: The Literary World August 17 and 24, 1850
Major Themes in Hawthorne’s Fiction
This site provides a list of major themes in Hawthorne’s work with a one sentence description of the concept.
Contains: Commentary, Criticism
Author: Reuben, Paul
Keywords: themes, Hawthorne, concepts
Nathaniel Hawthorne
“When Hawthorne published The Scarlet Letter in 1850 he could not profit by a long series of native experiments in the art of the novel but had to initiate the mode in which he has since seemed supreme. And yet The Scarlet Letter represents in Hawthorne’s own career the fruit of an apprenticeship to art the like of which no other American man of letters has demanded of himself.”
Contains: Criticism, Extensive Bio
Author: Carl Van Doren
From: The American Novel Chapter 4; New York: MacMillan, 1921
“The Old Manse” Revisited: Some Analogues for Art
“Hawthorne’s “The Old Manse” may be seen as an expression of his convictions about art–hence, as an expression of his sense of relation to his audience and to his writings, and of his abiding concern with the problem of knowledge.”
Contains: Criticism
Author: John C. Willoughby
From: The New England Quarterly vol. XLVI, No. 1, March, 1973, pp. 45-61
The Power of Passion: Hawthorne’s Tales of Thwarted Desire
“The Power of Passion discusses Hawthorne’s profound ambivalence toward women and passion in his finest stories. This essay is part of a larger study, ‘Hawthorne and Merry Old England,’ that notes how Hawthorne tends to equate art, joy, and sensuality with Shakespearean England�a theme that achieves its richest expression in The Scarlet Letter, when Hester and Pearl embody the world the Puritans thought they were leaving behind.”
Contains: Criticism, Bibliography
Author: William Heath
From: The Courtland Review May 1998
Some Observations About Hawthorne’s Women
An essay examining Hawthorne’s portrayal of women in his works, and the reasoning behind it. Also contains references to Sir Walter Scott’s ground-breaking portrayal of women in The Heart of Midlothian.
Contains: Criticism, Commentary, Bibliography
Author: Barbara Ellis
From: Women in Literature and Life Assembly (WILLA) Ellis, Barbara. (1993). Some observations about Hawthorne’s women. WILLA, Volume II, 13-18.

Biographical sites about Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Classic Text: Nathaniel Hawthorne
This site provides a brief biographical sketch followed by information about The Scarlet Letter, especially about the volume held by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Contains: Sketch, Pictures
Author: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Keywords: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Scarlet Letter
Life of Nathaniel Hawthorne
This site provides a list of links to facts of interest in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s life.
Contains: Timeline
From: Eldritch Press
Keywords: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nathaniel Hawthorne and His Wife
This is the full text of a book about Nathaniel Hawthorne and his wife written by Julian Hawthorne in 1884.
Contains: Full Bio
Author: Hawthorne, Julian
From: Eldritch Press
Keywords: Nathaniel Hawthorne, wife, biography

Other sites about Nathaniel Hawthorne

Art, Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1804-1864
This is a site which contains portraits of Nathaniel Hawthorne and links to illustrations from some of his novels.
Contains: Pictures
From: Eldritch Press
Keywords: portraits, pictures, Nathaniel Hawthorne
Hawthorne, by Longfellow, 1864
This poem, written in 1864 by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, explores the death of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Longfellow’s reactions.
Contains: Commentary
Author: Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
From: Eldritch Press
Keywords: Nathaniel Hawthorne, death, poem, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Nathaniel Hawthorne Home Page
This page includes links to biographical information, criticism, and a wide variety of other web sites, as well as online texts of Hawthorne’s work.
Contains: Works Available, Works List, Webliography, Criticism, Pictures, Extensive Bio
Author: Eric Eldred
From: Eldritch Press
On Visiting the Graves of Hawthorne and Thoreau
This site is a poem written by Very Jones, a transcendental poet, describing a visit to the graves of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau.
Contains: Commentary
Author: Very, Jones
From: Eldritch Press
Keywords: poem, transcendental movement, graves
Places from Hawthorne’s life and writings
“Places from Hawthorne’s Life and Writings” contains a list of the places where Nathaniel Hawthorne lived and links to photographs of the different places.
Contains: Pictures, Timeline
From: Eldritch Press
Keywords: house, Nathaniel Hawthorne, photographs, places

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