The Blithedale Romance

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The Blithedale Romance

By Nathaniel Hawthorne; Tony Tanner (Introduction by); John Dugdale (Notes by)

Oxford University Press, USA, Paperback, 9780199554867, 256pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2009

Description
Abjuring the city for a pastoral life, a group of utopians set out to reform a dissipated America. But the group is a powerful mix of competing ambitions and its idealism finds little satisfaction in farmwork. Instead, of changing the world, the members of the Blithedale community individually pursue egotistical paths that ultimately lead to tragedy. Hawthorne's tale both mourns and satirizes a rural idyll not unlike that of nineteenth-century America at large.
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About the Author
Born in 1804, Nathaniel Hawthorne is known for his historical tales and novels about American colonial society. After publishing The Scarlet Letter in 1850, its status as an instant bestseller allowed him to earn a living as a novelist. Full of dark romanticism, psychological complexity, symbolism, and cautionary tales, his work is still popular today. He has earned a place in history as one of the most distinguished American writers of the nineteenth century.

Tony Tanner was Professor of English and American Literature at the University of Cambridge.