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The Blithedale Romance

The Blithedale Romance
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
ISBN 13: 9780393317640
ISBN 10: 393317641
Edition: 1st, First Edition
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 1958-05-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
List Price: $17.95

One of Hawthorne’s great romances, The Blithedale Romance draws upon the author’s experiences at Brook Farm, the short-lived utopian community where Hawthorne spent much of 1841. Blithedale (“Happy Valley”), another would-be modern Arcadia, is the stage for Hawthorne’s grimly comic tragedy (Henry James famously called the novel “the lightest, the brightest, the liveliest” of Hawthorne’s “unhumorous fictions”). In his introduction, Robert S. Levine considers bio-graphical and historical contexts and offers a fresh appreciation of the novel’s ironic first-person narrator.

The John Harvard Library edition reproduces the authoritative text of The Blithedale Romance in The Centenary Edition of the Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne.