The Blithedale Romance

The Blithedale Romance

by Nathaniel Hawthorne


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The Blithedale Romance (1852) is Nathaniel Hawthorne's third major romance. Its setting is a utopian farming commune based on Brook Farm, of which Hawthorne was a founding member and where he lived in 1841. The novel dramatizes the conflict between the commune's ideals and the members' private desires and romantic rivalries.

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ISBN-13: 9789390027422
Publisher: Prince Classics
Publication date: 08/25/2020
Series: Prince Classics
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Arlin Turner (b. 1909 - d. 1980 ) was a scholar of American literature and instructor at Southwest Texas State University.

Date of Birth:

July 4, 1804

Date of Death:

May 19, 1864

Place of Birth:

Salem, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

Plymouth, New Hampshire


Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, 1824

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Table of Contents

Nathaniel Hawthorne: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text

The Blithedale Romance

Appendix A: Hawthorne on Brook Farm, Reform, and Social Change

  1. Nathaniel Hawthorne, Selected Letters to Sophia Peabody (April 1841 to June 1842)
  2. From “The Hall of Fantasy” (1843, 1846)
  3. From “Earth’s Holocaust” (1844, 1846)
  4. From “The Old Manse” (1846)
  5. From The Scarlet Letter (1850)

Appendix B: Universal Reform and Associationism

  1. From George Ripley, Letter to the Church in Purchase Street (1 October 1840)
  2. From “‘The Memory and Example of the Just,’ A Sermon, Preached on All Saints’ Day, to the First Church, by Its Minister, N.L. Frothingham. Boston, 1840.” Christian Examiner (January 1841)
  3. From Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Chardon Street and Bible Conventions,” The Dial (July 1842)
  4. From Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Lectures on the Times,” The Dial (July 1842)
  5. From Ralph Waldo Emerson, “New England Reformers” (1844)
  6. From Albert Brisbane, “Association and Social Reform,” The Boston Quarterly Review (April 1842)
  7. From Charles Lane, “Brook Farm,” The Dial (January 1844)
  8. From Andrew Jackson Davis, The Principles of Nature, Her Divine Revelations, and a Voice to Mankind (1847)

Appendix C: Woman Emancipating, Woman Emancipated

  1. Pastoral Letter of the General Association of Massachusetts (28 June 1837)
  2. From Sarah Grimké, Letters on the Equality of the Sexes, Addressed to Mary S. Parker, President of the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society (1838)
    1. From Letter III: The Pastoral Letter of the General Association of Congregational Ministers of Massachusetts
    2. From Letter XII: Legal Disabilities of Women
  3. From Catharine E. Beecher, An Essay on Slavery and Abolitionism, with Reference to the Duty of American Females (1837)
  4. From William Lloyd Garrison, “Letter to the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society,” The Liberator (16 October 1840)
  5. Margaret Fuller, Selected Comments on Woman
    1. From “Leila,” The Dial (April 1841)
    2. From Woman in the Nineteenth Century (1845)
  6. Sophia Ripley, “Woman,” The Dial (January 1841)
  7. From Orestes Brownson, “Miss Fuller and Reformers,” Brownson’s Quarterly Review (April 1845)
  8. From Oneida Community [John Humphrey Noyes], “Bible Argument; Defining the Relations of the Sexes in the Kingdom of Heaven” (1849)
  9. From Theodore Parker, “Sermon of the Public Function of Woman” (1853)

Appendix D: The Fugitive Slave Law and Northern Anti-slavery

  1. From the US Constitution, Fugitive Slave Act (1850)
  2. From Horace Mann, “Speech to the Massachusetts Convention in Opposition to the Fugitive Slave Law” (1851)
  3. Caroline W. Healey Dall, “Amy. A Tale,” Liberty Bell (1849)
  4. Antislavery Emblems: “Am I Not a Woman and a Sister?”
    1. Josiah Wedgwood Antislavery Medallion (1787)
    2. Typefounder’s Cut from The Liberator (1832)
    3. Kneeling Slave with Dame Justice, from the Cover Page of Authentic Anecdotes of American Slavery (1838) by Lydia Maria Child
    4. Needlecase Stamped with Antislavery Emblem

Appendix E: Harriet Hosmer, Zenobia in Chains (1859)

Appendix F: Contemporary Reviews of The Blithedale Romance

  1. From “Contemporary Literature of America: ‘The Blithedale Romance,’” The Westminster Review (October 1852)
  2. Edwin Percy Whipple, Graham’s Magazine (September 1852)

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