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|The Blithedale Romance
publisher: Querido, Amsterdam, 1852
refered to by:
The World According to Garp
|Based on Hawthorne's own experience of a Utopian socialist community outside Boston, The Blithedale Romance tells of the attempts of a like-minded group to begin reforming a dissipated America. However, rather than dropping bad habits and changing the world, Coverdale the prurient bachelor, Hollingsworth|| the furious philanthropist, Zenobia the voluptuous feminist, and Priscilla the vulnerable seamstress soon find themselves pursuing egotistical paths which must lead ultimately to tragedy. Evoking a bright rural idyll which fails to survive the ravages of lust and power, Hawthorne cynically undermines the fatuities of nineteenth-century American idealism.
|BOOKS BY NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE:|
The Scarlet Letter
The tale of a passionate woman in 17th-century Boston who challenges the system of moral authority and places belief in the higher law of her own heart.
|The House of the Seven Gables|
The curse of Mathew Maule descends on seven generations of the inhabitants of an old New England house.
|The Blithedale Romance|
Abjuring the city for a pastoral life, a group of utopians set out to reform a dissipated America.
|Young Goodman Brown and Other Tales|
A selection of tales written between the 1830s and 50s.
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