Announcement

(No! we’re NOT pregnant!!!)

I had tried starting a blog about Nathaniel Hawthorne several years ago over at WordPress and had never really gotten it going after only about 4 entries there. I did another entry today after I found something to write about, but then I thought — why don’t I just do the same page here at JournalScape since I feel more at home here than at WP? So I made a mirror page here and have it all set up as a separate blog called:

From the Hawthorne Tree

As you can see if you go there, I don’t have a lot of links or anything there. But if any one of you would like to be put on the notify list, just do as you normally do at JS and click on the “Get Email Updates” link just under the header.

I should note that I won’t be doing these Hawthorne entries as often as a regular blog… but now and then I will if I find something of interest, like I did today. Actually, I’ve got a lot of reading material here about Hawthorne right at the moment, so I might write a few more entries because of that.

I feel like I am having a channeling moment with Hawthorne lately… can’t get him off my mind for some reason. The Liverpool connection is also quite coincidental and that, also, is taking up precious real estate in my gray matter. Liverpool, Salem, Hawthorne, Helen Forrester… how does it all fit together? I guess I will just follow the dots…

Cheers,

Bex-the-bilateral-blogger

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Check out my other blog

“From the Hawthorne Tree”

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And also:

Pages from the American Notebooks, Nathaniel Hawthorne

Passages from Hawthorne’s English Notebooks

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4 Responses to Announcement

  1. Bex says:

    I have attempted to read things on the screen (Gutenburg etc) but it just doesn’t do it for me. I get eye ache from looking at this screen for so long. A real book soothes my eyes for some reason. Even though I need glasses to see the print, especially in some of my very old books. I have some that require a magnifying glass to read them.

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  2. TopsyTurvy says:

    I remember reading The Scarlet Letter when I was in high school. I was engrossed in the book and really enjoyed it. I go to the Gutenberg Project now to look at pages of the copied book, which is now beyond copyright, and I’m truly surprised that as I teen I could read through that so easily.

    But then again I was reading the Old English text from pictures of Illuminated writings of various old books, just for the fun of it when I was in high school.

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  3. Bex says:

    I had never read much of anything before I was in my late 20s. My growing-up years were devoid of any type of literature or culture – it was just “get a job as soon as you are out of high school and start paying me rent” from my mother, who ran the roost. That’s all life was about to her. So I missed out on books – maybe that’s why I’ve had this obsession with books. I hate parting with them.

    Reading Hawthorne for me is such a pleasure. He writes in the lingo of the era in which he lived, of course, which I also love. Being an Anglophile, I find him to be so British in his speech which makes sense because it was back when being English/British was more natural to Americans still than what we’ve morphed into.

    I guess Hawthorne was an enigma to a lot of his friends and acquaintances, too. He did not reveal a lot of his deepest feelings, and yet in this excerpt I provided about the burglary of his home in Liverpool, you can see his humanity at the end in that last line… he saw the sadness in the lives of those burglars and had empathy for them.

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  4. Eric Mayer says:

    I’ll take a look. I should read more Hawthorne. My high school English class included The Scarlet Letter which is far, far beyond the grasp of your average teenager (style, theme, everything way too advanced) in my opinion. But last year I read it and was blown away. It’s remarkable in a lot of different ways.

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