NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE by Randall Stewart

NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A scholarly, conventional biography of Hawthorne covering his life and his works with a final chapter of critical appraisal, this compares with Robert Cantwell's Nathaniel Hawthorne (see P. 391) in over-all coverage but not in minutiae of detail or depth of research. Nevertheless an extensive biography, this starts with Hawthorne's ancestry and his boyhood in Salem, goes on to tell the story of his life in its periods: the college years at Bowdoin, the twelve ""solitary years"" that followed, his marriage to Sophia Peabody and their happy life at Concord, then Lenox and the Wayside, their years abroad, and the last years at the Wayside. All reference to Hawthorne's books per se are for the most part biographical, except for the concluding chapter. For the general reader as well as the student.

Publisher: Yale