Nathaniel Hawthorne’s best-loved tales are now available in a revised Norton Critical Edition.
This revised Norton Critical Edition brings together twenty-three of Hawthorne’s tales in all their psychological and moral complexity. The Second Edition adds the early biographical sketch “Mrs. Hutchinson” as well as two tales, “The Wives of the Dead” and “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment.” Each tale is accompanied by explanatory annotations.
“The Author on His Work” contains the prefaces Hawthorne wrote for the three collections of tales published during his lifetime—The Old Manse, Twice-Told Tales, and The Snow Image. Also included are pertinent selections from his American Notebooks and relevant letters to, among others, Sophia Peabody, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Margaret Fuller.
“Criticism” offers important contemporary assessments of Hawthorne’s tales by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, Margaret Fuller (new to the Second Edition), James Russell Lowell, Herman Melville, and Henry James. Modern criticism is well represented by twelve essays—four of them new to the Second Edition—on the tales’ central issues. Contributors include Jorge Louis Borges, J. Hillis Miller, Judith Fetterley, Nina Baym, Leo Marx, and Martin Bidney, among others.
A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.
Contains 24 short stories, both familiar and virtually unknown to the average reader. Introduction by Professor Newton Arvin of Smith College.
The first paperback edition to include full annotations of these twenty Hawthorne tales written between the 1830s and 50s, this volume contains the classic pieces "Young Goodman Brown," "The Maypole of Merry Mount," "The Birthmark," "The Celestial Railroad," and "Earth's Holocaust," as well as tales, such as "My Kinsman, Major Molineux," which represent Hawthorne's interest in the spiritual history of New England.
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This volume contains the classic pieces Young Goodman Brown, The Maypole of Merry Mount, The Birthmark, The Celestial Railroad, and Earth's Holocaust.
Retells six classic Greek myths: The gorgon's head; The golden touch; The paradise of children; The three golden apples; The miraculous pitcher; and The chimaera.