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About the Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne was a 19th century American novelist and short story writer. He is seen as a key figure in the development of American literature for his tales of the nation's colonial history.

Shortly after graduating from Bowdoin College, Hathorne changed his name to Hawthorne. Hawthorne anonymously published his first work, a novel titled Fanshawe, in 1828. In 1837, he published Twice-Told Tales and became engaged to painter and illustrator Sophia Peabody the next year. He worked at a Custom House and joined a Transcendentalist Utopian community, before marrying Peabody in 1842. The couple moved to The Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts, later moving to Salem, the Berkshires, then to The Wayside in Concord. The Scarlet Letter was published in 1850, followed by a succession of other novels. A political appointment took Hawthorne and family to Europe before returning to The Wayside in 1860. Hawthorne died on May 19, 1864, leaving behind his wife and their three children.

Much of Hawthorne's writing centers around New England and many feature moral allegories with a Puritan inspiration. His work is considered part of the Romantic movement and includes novels, short stories, and a biography of his friend, the United States President Franklin Pierce.


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Paperback, Published in Jan 1970 by Montesinos

ISBN10: | ISBN13: 9788495776990

Page count: 206

Los veinticuatro capítulos que componen “La letra escarlata” abundan en pasajes memorables, redactados en buena y sensible prosa, pero ninguno de ellos em ha conmovido como la singular historia de Wakefield que está en los Twice-Told Tales. Hawthone había leído en un diario, o simuló por fines literarios haber leído en un diario, el caso de un señor inglés que dejó a su mujer sin motivo alguno, se alejó a la vuelta de su casa, y ahí, sin que nadie lo sospechar, pasó veinte años.

(…)Wakefield prefigura a Kafka, pero éste modifica, y afina, la lectura de Wakefield. La deuda es mutua; un gran escritor crea a sus precursores. Los crea y de algún modo los justifica.

(…)Wakefield es el mejor relato de Hawthorne y acaso uno de los mejores de la literatura.

J. L. Borges “Otras inquisiciones”

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