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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (791 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrator: Vincent Marzello Publisher: The Copyright Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in 1804 in the city of Salem, Massachusetts. His father, a sea captain, died when Nathaniel was 4 and Nathaniel, always a shy child, spent his early years with his Mother and two sisters. Hit on the leg by a ball, doctors could finds nothing wrong, but he went lame and was bedridden for a year. He entered Bowdoin College in 1821, and graduated in 1825.

Hawthorne anonymously published his first work, the novel Fanshawe, in 1828. He continued to publish in various periodicals, which he collected in 1837 as Twice-Told Tales. The next year, he became engaged to Sophia Peabody, eventually marrying her in 1842. His defining work, The Scarlet Letter, was published in 1850, followed by a succession of other novels. The majority of his works centre on New England and have a Puritan inspiration and outlook, with their inherent evil and sin of humanity. A political appointment took Hawthorne and family to Europe before their return in 1860. Hawthorne died on May 19, 1864, leaving behind his wife and their three children.

This volume centres on his short stories, which are beautifully crafted pieces layered with characters ill at ease with their path through life.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jim | 1/20/2014

    " Here's a collection of short stories by the greatest American writer of short stories. I'm not sure what I like most about Hawthorne, this constant wrestling with his/our Puritian forefathers or the importance/use of color in his writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Abby Sominski | 7/9/2013

    " I read this book while stuck in the back of the house keeping my dog company while a repairman was doing work elsewhere, I had read a few of the stories previously but found several new ones I liked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amy | 5/6/2013

    " Had to read these for a class at the Institute. Liked them o.k., discovered I am not such a big fan of Hawthorne's SS. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Steven | 4/20/2013

    " Hawthornes short stories are awesome! "

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