The Blithedale Romance [with Biographical Introduction] by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Set on a communal farm called Blithedale, "The Blithedale Romance" is the story of four inhabitants of the commune: Hollingsworth, a misogynist philanthropist obsessed with turning Blithedale into a colony for the reformation of criminals; Zenobia, a passionate feminist; Priscilla, who turns out to be Zenobia's half-sister; and Miles Coverdale, the narrator of the story. The story concerns the freindship of the four at the commune, which starts intensely during the spring and summer but as autumn approaches begins to disintegrate towards a tragic end. A classic of American literature, "The Blithedale Romance" is a compelling narrative set against the backdrop of many important social and political issues of the 19th century.
 

About Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Seymour Gross was Burke OíNeill Professor of American Literature at the University of Detroit until his retirement in 1987. He is co-author of American Literature Survey and Images of the Negro in American Literature, editor of A "Benito Cereno" Handbook and the Norton Critical Edition of The House of the Seven Gables, and the co-editor of the Norton Critical Edition of The Scarlet Letter, Third Edition.Rosalie Murphy is Associate Professor of English at the University of South Florida. She has taught at Sweet Briar College. She was the original editor of Contemporary Roots of the English Language.
 
Published August 25, 1983 by Penguin Classic. 219 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Romance, Political & Social Sciences, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Education & Reference, History. Non-fiction

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