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- Description<b>A superb depiction of a utopian community that cant survive the individual passions of its members. </b>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 t eradicated, and communal work on the farm proves personally unrewarding and ecomically disastrous. Based in part on Hawthorne's own experiences at Brook Farm, an experimental socialist community, <i>The Blithedale Romance</i> is especially timely in light of renewed interest in self-sufficient and other cooperative societies.
- Author BiographyNathaniel 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 <i>Twice-Told Tales</i> (1837). His marriage to Sophia Peabody in 1842 was a happy one. <i>The Scarlet Letter </i>(1850), which brought him immediate recognition, was followed by <i>The House of the Seven Gables</i> (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.
- Author(s)Galen Grimes,Nathaniel Hawthorne
- PublisherPenguin Books Ltd
- Date of Publication26/01/1984
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPenguin Books Ltd
- Out-of-print date17/02/2005
- Content Notebibliography
- Weight208 g
- Width128 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
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