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Audiobooks by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Twice Told Tales (Unabridged) Audiobook

Twice Told Tales (Unabridged)

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrator: Brian Morris Release Date: August 2020

Twice-Told Tales is a short story collection in two volumes by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The first was published in the spring of 1837, and the second in 1842. The stories had all been previously published in magazines and annuals, hence the name. The title, Twice-Told Tales, was based on a line from William Shakespeare's The Life and Death of King John (Act 3, scene 4): 'Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale, / Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.' The quote referenced may also be Hawthorne's way of acknowledging a belief that many of his stories were ironic retellings of familiar tropes. The book was published by the American Stationers' Company on March 6, 1837; its cover price was one dollar. Hawthorne had help in promoting the book from Elizabeth Peabody. She sent copies of the collection to William Wordsworth as well as to Horace Mann, hoping that Mann could get Hawthorne a job writing stories for schoolchildren.

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Snow-Image, The: A Childish Miracle Audiobook

Snow-Image, The: A Childish Miracle

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrator: Bruce Lieberman Release Date: August 2020

An afternoon of a cold winter’s day, when the sun shone forth with chilly brightness, after a long storm, two children asked leave of their mother to run out and play in the new-fallen snow. The elder child was a little girl, whom, because she was of a tender and modest disposition, and was thought to be very beautiful, her parents, and other people who were familiar with her, used to call Violet. But her brother was known by the style and title of Peony, on account of the ruddiness of his broad and round little phiz, which made everybody think of sunshine and great scarlet flowers. The father of these two children, a certain Mr. Lindsey, it is important to say, was an excellent, but exceedingly matter-of-fact sort of man, a dealer in hardware, and was sturdily accustomed to take what is called the common-sense view of all matters that came under his consideration. With a heart about as tender as other people’s, he had a head as hard and impenetrable, and therefore, perhaps, as empty, as one of the iron pots which it was a part of his business to sell. The mother’s character, on the other hand, had a strain of poetry in it, a trait of unworldly beauty—a delicate and dewy flower, as it were, that had survived out of her imaginative youth, and still kept itself alive amid the dusty realities of matrimony and motherhood. So, Violet and Peony, as I began with saying, besought their mother to let them run out and play in the new snow; for, though it had looked so dreary and dismal, drifting downward out of the gray sky, it had a very cheerful aspect, now that the sun was shining on it. The children dwelt in a city, and had no wider play-place than a little garden before the house, divided by a white fence from the street, and with a pear-tree and two or three plum-trees overshadowing it, and some rose-bushes just in front of the parlor windows.

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The Blithedale Romance Audiobook

The Blithedale Romance

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrator: Bruce Lieberman Release Date: August 2020

The Blithedale Romance is Nathaniel Hawthorne's third major romance. Its setting is a utopian farming commune based on Brook Farm, of which Hawthorne was a founding member and where he lived in 1841. The novel dramatizes the conflict between the commune's ideals and the members' private desires and romantic rivalries.

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Litera stacojie Audiobook

Litera stacojie

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrator: Dana Săvuică Release Date: June 2020

Cu acțiunea plasată în America secolului al XVII‑lea, într‑o colonie puritană din împrejurimile orașului Boston, Massachusetts, Litera stacojie spune povestea lui Hester Prynne, care rămâne însărcinată în urma unei aventuri extraconjugale și dă naștere unei fiice, Pearl, fapt pentru care este condamnată de comunitate la moarte, iar ulterior să poarte litera „A“ – de la adulter – ţesută pe veșminte în culoarea stacojie. De-a lungul cărții, considerată capodopera sa și unul dintre cele mai bune romane americane ale secolului al XIX-lea, Hawthorne explorează temele păcatului, vinovăţiei, pedepsei, căinţei și ispășirii. Litera stacojie nu e un simplu roman istoric bine informat; într-o proiecţie complexă ce păstrează cu desăvârşită ştiinţă echilibrul între trecut şi prezent, este o analiză subtilă a sufletului bântuit de mari chinuri. Litera stacojie A, stigmatizând un trup de femeie, nu e doar un semn al unei epoci sălbatice, ci şi al unei permanente suferinţe a fiinţei trăind tragedia pasiunii, în căutarea zadarnică a fericirii. Dan Grigorescu

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Young Goodman Brown Audiobook

Young Goodman Brown

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrator: Edward E. French Release Date: May 2020

The famous story of a mysterious nighttime journey where Young Goodman Brown contends with Elderly Witches, Devil Worshippers, a Black Mass and a showdown with the Devil himself. Like so many of Nathaniel Hawthorne's short stories and novels, 'Young Goodman Brown' takes place in Puritan New England, specifically in Salem, Massachusetts, during the infamous Witch Trials, during which dozens of women and men were accused of witchcraft, and executed in grisly fashion. Part parable, part horror fiction, the story of Goodman Brown is one of gaining knowledge of good and evil, of learning that good and evil are not always visible simply by their appearance and so can lurk anywhere. Stephen King has referred to the story as 'one of the ten best stories written by an American'. Oscar nominated and Emmy Award Winning Special Effects Artist Edward E. French narrates this early American tale of the supernatural.

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The Scarlet Letter Audiobook

The Scarlet Letter

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrator: B. J. Harrison, Nancy Peterson Release Date: January 2020

A tale of betrayal, revenge, loyalty, and redemption, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a true classic. Hester Prynne settles in a little town in Puritan-era Massachusetts while awaiting her husband's arrival from England. Hester becomes pregnant, exposing her sin in the eyes of the townsfolk. Her penalty: wearing an embroidered A on her bosom for the remainder of her life. When Hester's husband arrives in the town anticipating a joyous reunion with his young wife, he instead begins a cankering quest to uncover the father of Hester's child.

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Roger Malvin's Burial Audiobook

Roger Malvin's Burial

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrator: Ghizela Rowe, Richard Mitchley Release Date: January 2020

Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in 1804 in the city of Salem, Massachusetts. His father, a sea captain died when Nathaniel was 4 and Nathaniel always a shy child spent his early years with his Mother and two sisters. Hit on the leg by a ball, doctors could finds nothing wrong but he went lame and was bedridden for a year. He entered Bowdoin College in 1821, and graduated in 1825. Hawthorne anonymously published his first work, the novel ‘Fanshawe’, in 1828. He continued to publish in various periodicals which he collected in 1837 as Twice-Told Tales. The next year, he became engaged to Sophia Peabody eventually marrying her in 1842.His defining work ‘The Scarlet Letter’ was published in 1850, followed by a succession of other novels. The majority of his works centre on New England and have a Puritan inspiration and outlook with their inherent evil and sin of humanity. A political appointment took Hawthorne and family to Europe before their return in 1860. Hawthorne died on May 19, 1864, leaving behind his wife and their three children. This volume centres on his short stories which are beautifully crafted pieces layered with characters ill at ease with their path through life.

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Classic Short Stories - Volume 6 Audiobook

Classic Short Stories - Volume 6

Stories are one of mankind’s greatest artistic achievements. Whether written down or spoken they have an ability to capture our imagination and thoughts, and take us on incredible journeys in the space of a phrase and the turn of a page.Within a few words of text or speech, new worlds and characters form, propelling a narrative to a conclusion with intricate ease. Finely crafted, perfectly formed these Miniature Masterpieces, at first thought, seem remarkably easy to conjure up. But ask any writer and they will tell you that distilling the essence of narrative and characters into a short story is one of the hardest acts of their literary craft. Many attempt, but few achieve.

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Classic Short Stories - Volume 19 Audiobook

Classic Short Stories - Volume 19

Stories are one of mankind’s greatest artistic achievements. Whether written down or spoken they have an ability to capture our imagination and thoughts, and take us on incredible journeys in the space of a phrase and the turn of a page.Within a few words of text or speech, new worlds and characters form, propelling a narrative to a conclusion with intricate ease. Finely crafted, perfectly formed these Miniature Masterpieces, at first thought, seem remarkably easy to conjure up. But ask any writer and they will tell you that distilling the essence of narrative and characters into a short story is one of the hardest acts of their literary craft. Many attempt, but few achieve.

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The Weird Circle: The Burial of Roger Melvin Audiobook

The Weird Circle: The Burial of Roger Melvin

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrator: A Full Cast Release Date: November 2019

A man promises to bury his dying friend, but fails to keep his promise. A strange revenge.

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The Weird Circle: Rapicini's Daughter Audiobook

The Weird Circle: Rapicini's Daughter

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrator: A Full Cast Release Date: November 2019

A good story about an actor who commits murder and then tries to convince the police that he's insane

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The Scarlet Letter Audiobook

The Scarlet Letter

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrator: Melissa Durbin Release Date: October 2019

The Scarlet Letter is generally considered to be Nathaniel Hawthorne’s masterpiece. Set in 17th century Boston, it follows the plight of Hester Prynne, a young woman who bears a child out of wedlock, refuses to name the father, and is condemned to wear a scarlet ‘A’ for the rest of her life. With The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne reaches back to America’s Puritan roots to probe themes of lust, sin, guilt and redemption. This Essential Classics edition includes a new introduction by Professor Vivian Heller, Ph.D. in literature and modern studies from Yale University. Born in 1804, Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote at the forefront of dark romanticism. His renderings of colonial America reflect the strictures of New England Puritanism and give voice to characters who try to extricate themselves from social conventions. Vivian Heller received her Ph.D. in English Literature and Modern Studies from Yale University. She is author of Joyce, Decadence, and Emancipation(University of Illinois Press) and of The City Beneath Us (W.W. Norton & Company), a history of the building of the New York City subway system. She is an associate at Columbia’s School of Professional Studies and is the writing tutor for the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. She is also a long-standing member of the non-fiction committee of the PEN Prison-Writing Committee, which awards prizes to inmates from across the country. Essential Classics publishes the most crucial literary works throughout history, with a unique introduction to each, making them the perfect treasure for any reader’s shelf.

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