The Scarlet Letter, The House of the Seven Gables, "Young Goodman Brown," and "Rappaccini's Daughter" are staples of high school English classes across the country. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s works and characters have left a lasting impression on writers, scholars, and readers around the world.
Critical Companion to Nathaniel Hawthorne offers critical entries on Hawthorne's novels, short stories, travel writing, criticism, and other works, as well as portraits of characters, including Hester Prynne and Roger Chillingworth. This comprehensive reference also provides entries on Hawthorne’s family, friendsranging from Herman Melville to President Franklin Piercepublishers, and critics, as well as periodicals that published his work and important places and events in his life. Covering everything of importance in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s life and work, this invaluable guide offers a complete view of this revered author.
- A biography of Nathaniel Hawthorne
- Entries on his works, both major and minor, including critical surveys and coverage of major characters
- Entries on family, friends, places, critics, and more
- Appendixes, including full texts of important contemporary reviews (including Edgar Allan Poe's famous review of Twice-Told Tales), a bibliography, a chronology of Hawthorne's life, and more.
Black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Index. Appendixes. Bibliographies. Cross-references. Chronology.
About the Author(s)
Sarah Bird Wright is the author of Edith Wharton A to Z, Thomas Hardy A to Z, and several other books. She has a Ph.D. in American studies from the College of William and Mary and is currently adjunct assistant professor at the University of Richmond.