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The Blithedale Romance
Nathaniel Hawthorne
publisher: Querido, Amsterdam, 1852



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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.

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BOOKS BY NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE:

The Scarlet Letter
1850
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
1851
The curse of Mathew Maule descends on seven generations of the inhabitants of an old New England house.
The Blithedale Romance
1852
Abjuring the city for a pastoral life, a group of utopians set out to reform a dissipated America.
Young Goodman Brown and Other Tales
1998
A selection of tales written between the 1830s and 50s.
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