Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Letters

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Letters is our Wednesday focus with today being the day on March 16, 1850 his book The Scarlet Letter was published.

Did you ever get around to really reading the book in school or did you just take the test?   It was a great book to read!  I still recall Hester Prynne and her transformation in the book.

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Letters

There are several collections I came across and this book I’m including here looked really nice.

The book  Selected Letters of Nathaniel Hawthorne from 2002 contains 169 personal letters and eight letters while he was an American consul.   “Myerson carefully selected letters focusing on Hawthorne’s relationship with famous people of the day; letters written to his wife, Sophia; letters describing everyday life in Salem, Boston, Concord, Britain, France, and Italy; letters in which Hawthorne comments on contemporary literature and his career as an author; and letters that reveal Hawthorne’s thoughts and beliefs.”

There are quite a few of his books available as Ebooks at Project Gutenberg.  It was fun to note that he was born on the 4th of July, 1804.  His book The House of The Seven Gables I still recall how much I enjoyed reading.

Here’s to making some time to go back and visit some of these classics – or if never quite got around to it make the time to read them now.

Anchors Aweigh,  


Attribution & Thank you to the following who are referenced today — 

Image above cover Selected Letters of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Joel Myerson, editor

Image on right U.S. Stamp #2047 – 1983 20c Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne



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