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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: December 2011 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 Steven | 4/20/2013

    " Hawthornes short stories are awesome! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Troy Storm | 4/5/2013

    " Wonderful book of short stories by one of our greatest writers. Takes a bit of getting used to, they were written mid-1800s, but are more than worth it. Some eerie, some fairly light, but all intensely evocative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Master Chief | 12/4/2012

    " I really didnt like this book. i only read it for class "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caleb | 10/29/2012

    " Beautiful, lush, dark, and romantic. These stories are nothing short of wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Lynch | 9/22/2012

    " Classic writter-insiteful-really gets under the skin of his characters. I have read this book before but return to it as the stories are multi-layered and lush. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bookzo | 7/31/2012

    " Once again, I read this classic; I will assign it to English 11 Honors. Since I visited some of Hawthorne's haunts this summer, I wanted to re-read it. Always a great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 5/19/2012

    " I was shocked at how much I loved many of the Nathaniel Hawthorne's short stories included in this book. I was especially moved by "Wakefield" and "The Great Stone Face." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 4/20/2012

    " I love Hawthorne's short stories, particularly from the perspective of a sci-fi geek. Many of his short stories reach into the realm of proto-sci-fi, complete with strange creatures living inside people and mad scientists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennie | 3/21/2012

    " have not read all of these. my favorite is "Wakefield" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krichter | 12/16/2011

    " Some of the themes get repetitive if you read the entire book at once, and I also got tired of the feeble female protagonists, but Hawthorne has a way with words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaclyn | 12/10/2011

    " We didn't actually read the whole thing in school, just skipped around... "

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About the Author
Author Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864) was born in Salem, Massachusetts, and made his ambition to be a writer while still a teenager. He graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine, where the poet Longfellow was also a student, and spent several years traveling in New England and writing short stories before his best known novel, The Scarlet Letter, was published in 1850. His writing was not at first financially rewarding, and he worked as measurer and surveyor in the Boston and Salem Custom Houses. In 1853 he was sent to Liverpool as American consul and then lived in Italy before returning to the United States in 1860, where he died in his sleep four years later.