Nathaniel Hawthorne: Liberty Tree

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Liberty Tree (1841) builds on and is a continuation of Hawthorne’s first two children’s books, Grandfather’s Chair and Famous Old People. Liberty Tree consists of a Preface, eleven chapters, and five formally titled stories. The Preface invitingly begins, “Has the youthful reader grown weary of Grandfather’s stories about his Chair? Will he not come, this once more, to our fireside, and be received as an own grandchild, and as brother, sister, or cousin to Laurence, Clara, Charley, and little Alice?” (143). The Preface then summarizes various incidents of the American Revolutionary period to come, reminding readers that in all the stories

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Laffrado, Laura. "Liberty Tree". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 August 2011
[, accessed 26 September 2016.]

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  1. Children's Literature