Monday, May 19, 2008

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Today is the anniversary of the death in 1864 of Nathaniel Hawthorne whose best-known works are The Scarlet Letter and The House of Seven Gables. Around our house The House of Seven Gables has the reputation of being one of the most boring of the required readings. I haven't read it again since it was required of me in high school, but I certainly found it boring then. He wrote 2 books re-telling Greek myths: A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys and Tanglewood Tales for Boys and Girls.

He wrote several stories of horror, fantasy and the occult. Some examples: The Artist of the Beautiful is here, Rappaccini's Daughter can be read online here, The Birthmark can be read online here, Dr. Heidegger's Experiment is here, Young Goodman Brown can be read here and seen in a modern video interpretation here, The Celestial Railroad is online here....

His works can be read online here. There are some excellent links to resources and works online here.

This is the segment from a video on Salem Massachusetts that focuses on Hawthorne:

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