THE JOHN HARVARD LIBRARY
Cover: Selected Stories, from Harvard University PressCover: Selected Stories in PAPERBACK

Selected Stories

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$12.50 • £10.95 • €11.50

ISBN 9780674050228

Publication Date: 06/01/2011

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384 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

Belknap Press

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Dark, weird, psychologically complex, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short fiction continues to fascinate readers. Brenda Wineapple has made a generous selection of Hawthorne’s stories, including some of his best-known tales as well as other, less-often anthologized gems. In her introduction, she explores a writer whose best stories, as Wineapple has elsewhere observed, “penetrate the secret horrors of ordinary life, those interstices in the general routine where suddenly something or someone shifts out of place, changing everything.”

The John Harvard Library edition reproduces the authoritative texts of Hawthorne’s stories in The Centenary Edition of the Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne.

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