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  1. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Jares

    Nathaniel Hawthorne is a fascinating author.  One sentence encapsulates my view of this author, "Nathaniel Hawthorne was a firm believer in sin and the necessity of feeling guilt in order to achieve that state of redemption." (Introduction, page 2)  Hawthorne came from a long line of Puritans*, and he grappled with his knowledge of them and their times. This biography offers everything I expect in a bio:  Not only an explanation of his life and experiences, but the time in which he lived, his pe Nathaniel Hawthorne is a fascinating author.  One sentence encapsulates my view of this author, "Nathaniel Hawthorne was a firm believer in sin and the necessity of feeling guilt in order to achieve that state of redemption." (Introduction, page 2)  Hawthorne came from a long line of Puritans*, and he grappled with his knowledge of them and their times. This biography offers everything I expect in a bio:  Not only an explanation of his life and experiences, but the time in which he lived, his peers, and his effects on the world of writing. The Puritans put the community above the individual. They had rigid laws, to be observed at all times. They saw no irony in escaping religious persecution in England and then establishing a rigid theocratic society in America.  Interestingly, John Hathorne was a judge at the Salem Witch Trials (and an ancestor of Hawthorne). Because Nathaniel's sea-faring father died young, his mother, Elizabeth moved back to her family's home. Her family may have moved on to Unitarianism, but Elizabeth was a stern Puritan at heart. Nathaniel grappled with money concerns most of his life.  This bio described Nathaniel's books in detail while explaining where his thoughts came from and why they were important to early American readers. Having read THE HOUSE OF SEVEN GABLES not too long ago, Hawthorne still speaks to his readers. I thought the book to be very powerful; I'm delighted to learn about the author's life and how they caused him to write such an incredible book. * Remember:  The Puritans are different from the Pilgrims. The Pilgrims wanted to separate the church and state while the Puritans saw the church and state as one necessary entity.

  2. 4 out of 5

    gss

    This book Nathaniel Hawthorne gives a very clear and relevant account of his life and his Puritan family background .We also get clear information about his writings, themes and how he struggled hard to earn his living as a writer. The theme of man's original sin, guilt and suffering with ultimate redemption is a recurring theme in his books. The inhuman and rigid attitude of his ancestors during Salem witch trials made him feel guilty and he beautifully voiced his protest in novels like "the sc This book Nathaniel Hawthorne gives a very clear and relevant account of his life and his Puritan family background .We also get clear information about his writings, themes and how he struggled hard to earn his living as a writer. The theme of man's original sin, guilt and suffering with ultimate redemption is a recurring theme in his books. The inhuman and rigid attitude of his ancestors during Salem witch trials made him feel guilty and he beautifully voiced his protest in novels like "the scarlet letter" and "the house of seven gables". A sense of despair and gloom is seen his novels to show the inner foibles of man. Influenced by puritan writers like John Bunyan he used symbolism and allegory to express his moral message. His style is very powerful,brief and flawless. In spite of his pro-slavery views writers Iike Emerson, Thoreau, Melville and Longfellow admired his writings. He is one of the classic American writers and produced masterpieces though few in number.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Frances Torres

    ◾Nathaniel Hawthorne is one of America’s most influential writers and also one of the most complex. He was the essential New Englander, a believer in hard work and simple living, and his personality and writing were tremendously influenced by his Puritan ancestry. He obsessed over sin and redemption his entire life. ◾Hawthorne’s unequivocal belief in the dark side of humanity made him a complex individual. ◾Nathaniel Hawthorne died peacefully in his sleep in Plymouth, New Hampshire.👏

  4. 4 out of 5

    Guy

    An interesting read. I'm always amazed by the talents of writers and artists expressed in their works. Then I read something like this to discover the hurdles that had to clear in their quest for success - talent is almost the least important attribute necessary for success. An interesting read. I'm always amazed by the talents of writers and artists expressed in their works. Then I read something like this to discover the hurdles that had to clear in their quest for success - talent is almost the least important attribute necessary for success.

  5. 5 out of 5

    George Polansky

    A brief biography. Good background.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    Eye opening! At last a writing which portrayed both the good of this man’s character as well as his obvious dark side.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Robert Brown

    The Dark Side Hawthorne was a very dark person. His writing on the Puritans and their relationship with government was very interesting. He must have been an unhappy person!

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    Linda Rawlings

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  29. 5 out of 5

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