The Blithedale Romance - Nathaniel Hawthorne (Paperback)

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Barcode
9780140390285
Department
Books
Released
25 Aug 1983
Supply Source
UK

Book

Authors
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Galen Grimes
Annette Kolodny (Introduction by)
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Penguin Group USA
Edition
Reissue
Series
The Penguin American Library
Language
English
Number of Pages
304
Dimensions
178 x 127 x 13mm (204g)

Annotation

Four members of a nineteenth century utopian commune find themselves emotionally involved in ways they could not have predicted

Summary

A superb depiction of a utopian community that cannot survive the individual passions of its members. In language that is suggestive and often erotic, Nathaniel Hawthorne tells a tale of failed possibilities and multiple personal betrayals as he explores the contrasts between what his characters espouse and what they actually experience in an 'ideal' community. A theme of unrealized sexual possibilities serves as a counterpoint to the other failures at Blithedale: class and sex distinctions are not eradicated, and communal work on the farm proves personally unrewarding and economically disastrous. Based in part on Hawthorne's own experiences at Brook Farm, an experimental socialist community, The Blithedale Romance is especially timely in light of renewed interest in self-sufficient and other cooperative societies.

Fiction

General Subject
Literature/Classics
BISAC Subject 1
Fiction / Classics
BISAC Subject 2
Fiction / Literary
BIC Classification 1
Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
Library Subject 1
Collective farms; Fiction.
Library Subject 2
Communal living; Fiction.
Library Subject 3
Farm life; Fiction.
Dewey Classification
813/.3

Author Bio

Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804, in Salem, Massachusetts, the son and grandson of proud New England seafarers. He lived in genteel poverty with his widowed mother and two young sisters in a house filled with Puritan ideals and family pride in a prosperous past. His boyhood was, in most respects, pleasant and normal. In 1825 he was graduated from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, and he returned to Salem determined to become a writer of short stories. For the next twelve years he was plagued with unhappiness and self-doubts as he struggled to master his craft. He finally secured some small measure of success with the publication of his Twice-Told Tales (1837). His marriage to Sophia Peabody in 1842 was a happy one. The Scarlet Letter (1850), which brought him immediate recognition, was followed by The House of the Seven Gables (1851). After serving four years as the American Consul in Liverpool, England, he traveled in Italy; he returned home to Massachusetts in 1860. Depressed, weary of writing, and failing in health, he died on May 19, 1864, at Plymouth, New Hampshire.

Review Quotes

"Hawthorne, in putting this novel together, was engaged in the most serious literary enterprise of his career."
--Louis Auchincloss