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Portrait of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Charles Osgood, 1840
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The Fragility of Manhood: Hawthorne, Freud, and the Politics of Gender (The Ohio State University Press, 2012) by David Greven. This book is one of Choice's Significant University Press Titles for Undergraduates, 2011-2012. Merging psychoanalytic and queer theory perspectives, The Fragility of Manhood: Hawthorne, Freud, and the Politics of Gender reframes Nathaniel Hawthorne's work as a critique of the normative construction of American male identity. ... (continued)

Excerpt from chapter 4, "Struck by the Mask"

Two new papers on the Scholars' Forum from the 2014 Hawthorne Society Conference:

1. Dr. Patricia Dunlavy Valenti, Professor Emerita, Department of English and Theater, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Pinehurst, NC, "'Defy All Hell': Rappers in the Maison Rouge," paper delivered at the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society Conference, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA, June 13, 2014.

2. Rob Velella, independent scholar, "Reality and Unreality in The House of the Seven Gables," paper delivered at the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society Conference, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA, June 13, 2014.

NPR Interviews Professor Sam Coale for Story on Hawthorne and Melville
The Hawthorne in Salem Website was approached by NPR for help on a story on Hawthorne and Melville, so we suggested NPR interview Dr. Samuel Coale, Hawthorne scholar and professor of English at Wheaton College in Norton, MA. NPR did interview Professor Coale, and here is a link to the story.

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Valenti, Patricia Dunlavy. Sophia Peabody Hawthorne: A Life, Volume 2, 1848-1871. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2014. This book is now available for pre-order.

According to the press release by the University of Missouri Press, in this second volume of her acclaimed biography of Sophia Hawthorne, "Patricia Dunlavy Valenti's thorough research culminates in a compelling account of Sophia's travels to Great Britain and Europe and her intense personal relationships beyond her marriage with men and women, among them notable figures in American history and literature. The details of this less examined and surprising second half of Sophia's life demonstrate her contributions as a travel writer and art critic in addition to her extensive influence upon Nathaniel Hawthorne's writing."

Note: Sophia Peabody Hawthorne: A Life, Volume 1, 1809-1847 (published by the University of Missouri Press in 2004) is also available.

Also by Patricia Dunlavy Valenti: To Myself A Stranger A Biography of Rose Hawthorne Lathrop. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State UP, 1991.

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