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Essay on Nathaniel Hawthorne's ‘The Minister's Black Veil’

The Minister’s Black Veil is set in a small town Milford. As the story begins we see a crowd gathered around a church and everyone waits for Parson Hooper. 1,027 more words

Black Veil

“Easy reading is damn hard writing.”

“Easy reading is damn hard writing.”

- Nathaniel Hawthorne, American, novelist, short story writer, writer


Letter Six, 12-16-2014

Letter Six
December 16, 2014

Dearest Muse’o’mine,

I’ve noticed your affinity for Shakespeare–like, how you always want me to start with Hamlet for inspiration. No offense or anything, but it’s been done before and will be done again, just not by me. 36 more words


could not offer a novelist

“In his book on Nathaniel Hawthorne, written in 1879, Henry James offered a list of what New England could not offer a novelist: “No sovereign, no court, no personal loyalty, no aristocracy, no church, no clergy, no army, no diplomatic service, no country gentleman, no palaces, no castles, nor manor, nor old country houses, nor parsonages, nor thatched cottages, nor ivied ruins; no cathedrals, nor abbeys, nor little Norman churches; no great Universities nor public schools— no Oxford, nor Eton, nor Harrow; no literature, no novels, no museums, no pictures, no political society, no sporting class— no Epsom nor Ascot.”” 10 more words


the literary sisterhood

“It is essential to the purposes of my legend to distinguish one of these young gentlemen from his companions; so, for the sake of a soft and pretty name (such as we of the literary sisterhood invariably bestow upon our heroes), I deem it fit to call him Theodore.”

— Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Blithedale Romance


PHOTO CHALLENGE: December 11: Something red

I’m going to have Taylor Swift’s Red stuck in my head for days because of this prompt. DAYS.