By Larry J. Reynolds

Nathaniel Hawthorne continues to be essentially the most commonly learn and taught of yankee authors. This historic advisor collects a couple of unique essays by way of Hawthorne students that position the writer in ancient context. Like different volumes within the sequence, A ancient advisor to Nathaniel Hawthorne comprises an advent, a quick biography, a bibliographical essay, and an illustrated chronology of the author's existence and occasions. Combining cultural feedback with ancient scholarship, this quantity addresses a variety of themes proper to Hawthorne's paintings, together with his courting to slavery, youngsters, mesmerism, and the visible arts.

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415. 4. Elizabeth Hawthorne to James T. Fields, 13 and 16 Dec. [1870], Boston Public Library. 5. The Centenary Edition of the Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1962-97), 8:429. Subsequent references to the Centenary edition will give the volume and page numbers. 6. Nathaniel Hathorne to Elizabeth C. Hathorne, 7 Mar. 1820, Centenary 15:117. 7. Rebecca Manning, "Some Facts about Hawthorne," Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, subsequently identified as Phillips.

Preface to The Snow-Image, p. 1155. 17. Nathaniel Hawthorne to Sophia Peabody, 3 July 1839, Centenary 15:320. 18. Louisa Hawthorne to Nathaniel Hawthorne, 11 June 1841, Henry W. and Albert Berg Collection of American Literature, New York Public Library, subsequently identified as Berg. 19. Caroline Sturgis (Tappan) to Margaret Fuller, 21 July 1842, Houghton Library, Harvard University, subsequently identified as Houghton. 20. Nathaniel Hawthorne to Sophia Peabody, 1 June 1841, Centenary 15:545.

Born before her time, activist and eloquent, Fuller in 1839 began to hold her popular "conversations," or discussion classes for women, in the parlor at 13 West Street in Boston, the new home of the Peabody family. 22 More prosaically, when Hawthorne and Sophia decided to rent the Old Manse in Concord, Sophia immediately wrote Fuller to say that when the latter visited Emerson, she could spend part of her time with the Hawthornes. Fuller did. Visiting Concord in 1842, shortly after the Hawthornes' marriage, Fuller stopped by the Manse and on lazy afternoons strolled along the bank of the Concord River.

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