Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Blithedale Romance

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With The Scarlet Letter selling well, 1851 was a promising year for Hawthorne. Melville published Moby-Dick and dedicated it to him. His friend and publisher, James T. Fields, urged him to keep up the momentum and promised to help. In March Hawthorne published a new edition of Twice-Told Tales. In April The House of the Seven Gables was published to good reviews. On 20 May, his daughter Rose was born. In November he published A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys, and the family moved to West Newton, Massachusetts, not far from West Roxbury, some eight miles southwest of Boston, where Hawthorne had lived at the Transcendentalist utopian community of Brook Farm from 12 April 1841 till January of …

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Daly, Robert. "The Blithedale Romance". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 September 2006
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