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New section on Hawthorne’s children’s books

The Hawthorne in Salem Website has added a new section on Hawthorne’s children’s books. (See Life and Times/Literary Career/Children’s Books.) The introduction to this section is complete, and there are Related Literature and Images sections. The image section includes illustrations for A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys by Arthur Rackham and by Walter Crane as well as illustrations of the cover of Peter Parley’s Universal History on the Basis of Geography from the 1867 London edition.

Images from Bowdoin College

The Bowdoin College Library has kindly allowed us to post images of some of the items from their Nathaniel Hawthorne collection on our Website which they exhibited in July 2008 at the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society meeting at Bowdoin. These images include a variety of documents relating to Hawthorne’s student days at Bowdoin  as well as  the first page of Fanshawe  and the ivory letter opener which Hawthorne used when he served as surveyor at the Salem Customs House.

New Images from the Nathaniel Hawthorne Collection at Bowdoin College

The Hawthorne in Salem Website is delighted to announce that we have gained permission to photograph and post on our website the original watercolors by Hugh Thomson for the 1920 Methuen edition of The Scarlet Letter as well as the images as they appear in that book. All of these images are housed in the Nathaniel Hawthorne Collection, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine. They appear in several places on our website, but you can most easily find them under Literature/Women in Hawthorne/The Scarlet Letter/images. To see the images side by side (not all of the images in the Methuen book are in the collection of original watercolors in the Bowdoin Library), go to Life and Times/Literary Career/Novels/images.

We have also gained permission from Meredith Publishing and the Ladies' Home Journal to publish the photograph W. L. Taylor's 1912 painting The Scarlet Letter which appeared in the March, 1923 issue of the LHJ.

We also have just posted a photograph of the 2007 commemorative plaque in the sidewalk at 97 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME. That image appears on Life and TImes/Biographical/Hawthorne at Bowdoin/images.

More from the Hawthorne collection at Bowdoin College:

  1. Illustrations by the Cowles' sisters of The House of the Seven Gables
  2. Introduction to Captivity Narrative of Hannah Duston, 1987, by Glenn Todd, pp. 5-10 (courtesy of Arion Press, San Francisco, and Glenn Todd
  3. Woodblock prints by Richard Bosman from Captivity Narrative of Hannah Duston, 1987. (courtesy of Arion Press, San Francisco, and Glenn Todd

Hawthorne in the New Yorker

Hawthorne has made an appearance of sorts in two issues of the New Yorker recently. The June 25, 2007 issue includes a poem by Lawrence Raab entitled “Hawthorne on His Way Home,” and the January 14, 2008 issue includes a short story by E. L. Doctorow entitled “Wakefield” which is a contemporary version of Hawthorne’s story by the same name.

Paintings by Sophia Peabody

The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, has acquired two paintings by Sophia Peabody and has allowed us to post them on our website along with one other in their collection of four paintings by Sophia Peabody.

Recommended new related web site:

John Greenleaf Whittier

WBUR special on Nathaniel Hawthorne for his 200th birthday (photo tour, interview with Phillip McFarland, author of Hawthorne in Concord, and a discussion on why Hawthorne's works are relevant in today's world)

Events at the House of the Seven Gables, Salem MA.

"Letter to Nathaniel Hawthorne" by Alison Hawthorne Deming.
In her poem from Science and Other Poems, poet and essayist Alison Hawthorne Deming reflects upon her great-great grandfather's life and personality. (special thanks to Alison Hawthorne Deming for granting permission to post this poem)