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Critical Companion to Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Authored by: Sarah Bird Wright, Ph.D.
  • From the Series: Critical Companion to
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816055831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-5583-8
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $75.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 11/01/2006
  • Dewey Number: 813
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 400


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, friends—ranging from Herman Melville to President Franklin Pierce—publishers, 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.

Coverage includes:

  • 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.

Reviews and Awards

"...a comprehensive, one-stop resource on the author’s life and writings...a fine, welcome addition to the genre. Recommended."

"...valuable resource, especially for students just beginning their exploration of th[is] author...responsibly brings together a great deal of factual and interpretive information and will inspire further study. Recommended for high school, undergraduate, and large public libraries."
Library Journal

"...[an] expertly written and accessible volume...Highly recommended for high-school and academic libraries."

"...a well-balanced presentation of the forces surrounding Hawthorne’s life and his responses in correspondence and in print."
Reference & Research Book News

"...a convenient, readable, accurate compendium for public, academic, and secondary school libraries..."
American Reference Books Annual

"[A] user-friendly resource for accessing the work of [a] literary master."
SLJ Curriculum Connections

First-place winner for nonfiction book biography
- Virginia Press Women's 2007 Communications Contest

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