The Complete Writings Of Nathaniel Hawthorne (volume 4); Mosses From An Old Manse

Paperback | January 10, 2012

byNathaniel Hawthorne

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1900. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... INTRODUCTORY NOTE The paper which introduces this collection of tales reflects the tranquillity of Hawthorne's life during the writing of them, for all but five in the original collection were written during his residence in the Old Manse at Concord. It was to this place, at the suggestion and with the aid of Miss Elizabeth Hoar, that the young couple went when they were married, and here they spent four happy years. Mrs. Hawthorne's letters give even more directly the story of their companionship in this embowered solitude. Upon a return from a visit to Salem a half year after their first entrance into this Garden of Eden, she wrote to her friend Mrs. Caleb Foote: -- "I hoped I should see you again, before I came home to our Paradise. I intended to give you a concise history of my elysian life. Soon after we returned, my dear lord began to write in earnest; and then commenced my leisure, because, till we meet at dinner, I do not see him. . . . One evening, two days after our arrival at the Old Manse, George Hillard and Henry Cleveland appeared for fifteen minutes, on their way to Niagara Falls. . . . We forgave them for their appearance here, because they were gone as soon as they had come, and we felt very hospitable. We wandered down to our sweet, sleepy river, and it was so silent all around us and so solitary, that we seemed the only persons living. We sat beneath our stately trees, and felt as if we were the rightful inheritors of the old abbey, which had descended to us from a long line. The treetops waved a majestic welcome, and rustled their thousand leaves like brooks over our heads. But the bloom and fragrance of nature had become secondary to us, though we were lovers of it. In my husband's face and eyes I saw a fairer world, of which the other was a...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1900. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... INTRODUCTORY NOTE The paper which introduces this collection of tales reflects the tranquillity of Hawthorne's life during the writin...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:78 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021732049X

ISBN - 13:9780217320498

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