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Nathaniel Hawthorne Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Fanshawe (1828)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Devil in Manuscript (1835)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dr. Heidegger's Experiment (1837)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scarlet Letter (1850)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Blithedale Romance (1851)Description / Buy at Amazon
The House of the Seven Gables (1851)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Marble Faun (1860)Description / Buy at Amazon
Doctor Grimshawe's Secret; A Romance .. (1882)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ancestral Footstep (1882)Description / Buy at Amazon
Septimius Felton (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gray Champion (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grandfather's Chair (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

My Kinsman Major Molineux (1831)Description / Buy at Amazon
Young Goodman Brown (1835)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Minister's Black Veil (1836)Description / Buy at Amazon
Endicott and the Red Cross (1837)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Birthmark (1843)Description / Buy at Amazon
Earth's Holocaust (1844)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rappaccini's Daughter (1844)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Golden Touch (1851)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Snow Image (1864)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dolliver Romance (1883)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Paradise of Children (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great Stone Face (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ambitious Guest and Lady Eleanore's Mantle (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Three Golden Apples (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Magic Pitcher (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Christmas Banquet (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Main-Street (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sights from a Steeple (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Old Apple-Dealer (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Snowflakes (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sunday at Home (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Colonial Days (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Puritan Passions (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wedding-Knell (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wayside (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
David Swan (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shaker Bridal (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Antique Ring (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pomegranate Seeds (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Light and the Lure (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Legends of the Province House (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Circe's Palace (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gentle Boy (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Septimius Felton, or, The Elixir of Life (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

Twice-Told Tales (1837)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dr. Heidegger's Experiment and Other Stories (1837)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales of the White Mountains (1846)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mosses from an Old Manse (1846)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tanglewood Tales (1851)Description / Buy at Amazon
Greek Myths (1851)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys (1851)Description / Buy at Amazon
Our Old Home (1863)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Celestial Railroad and Other Stories (1864)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Complete Novels and Selected Tales of Nathaniel Hawthorne (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hawthorne's Short Stories (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Complete Short Stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
Selected Tales and Sketches (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Complete Greek Stories (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twice-Told Tales and Other Short Stories (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Selected Short Stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scarlet Letter and Selected Tales (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great Short Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scarlet Letter and Other Writings (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Haunting Tales (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Selected Stories (With: Brenda Wineapple) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rappaccini's Daughter, And Other Tales (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Selected Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Legends of the Province House and Other Twice-Told Tales (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The House of the Seven Gables and Other Tales (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Myths That Every Child Should Know (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Birthmark & Five Other Tales (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales, Sketches, and Other Papers (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Little Daffydowndilly and Other Stories (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Snow Image: and Other Twice-Told Tales (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Biographical Stories (1842)Description / Buy at Amazon
The New Adam and Eve (1846)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twenty Days with Julian and Little Bunny by Papa (1851)Description / Buy at Amazon
Life of Franklin Pierce (1852)Description / Buy at Amazon
Passages from the English notebooks of Nathaniel Hawthorne (1873)Description / Buy at Amazon
The American Notebooks (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love Letters Of Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1839 1863 (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Letters of Hawthorne to William D. Ticknor, 1851-1864 (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hawthorne's Lost Notebook (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hawthorne's American Travel Sketches (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The French and Italian Note-Books (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
True Stories from New England History, 1620-1803 (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hawthorne's First Diary (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chiefly About War Matters (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
True Stories from History and Biography (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Anthologies

San Francisco Stories (By: John Miller) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Los Angeles Stories (By: John Miller) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
On Suicide: Great Writers on the Ultimate Question (By: William Shakespeare,Virginia Woolf,Ambrose Bierce,Leo Tolstoy,Graham Greene,Langston Hughes,Emily Dickinson,John Donne,Plato,Jorge Luis Borges,Gustave Flaubert,Robert Coles,Walker Percy,Albert Camus,Cynthia Ozick,William Styron,Dorothy Parker,Sylvia Plath,Primo Levi,Phillip Lopate,John Miller,Genevieve Anderson,Alfred Alvarez,Howard Kushner,Émile Durkheim) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Orleans Stories (By: John Miller,Genevieve Anderson) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chicago Stories (By: Stuart Dybek,John Miller) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Southwest Stories (By: D.H. Lawrence,Alison Moore,Barry Gifford,Sandra Cisneros,Larry McMurtry,Sam Shepard,Leslie Marmon Silko,C.G. Jung,John Miller,Georgia O'Keefe) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Florida Stories (With: Dave Barry,Elmore Leonard,Ernest Hemingway,John D. MacDonald,Damon Runyon,Isaac Bashevis Singer,Stephen Crane,Zora Neale Hurston,Elizabeth Bishop,Tennessee Williams,Alison Lurie,Wallace Stevens,John Sayles,John James Audubon,Joy Williams,Joan Didion,John Miller,KirstenMiller,William Bartram) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lust: Lascivious Love Stories and Passionate Poems (By: John Miller,KirstenMiller) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alaska Stories (By: John Miller,KirstenMiller) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Texas Stories (By: John Miller,KirstenMiller) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
San Francisco Thrillers (By: Tim Smith,John Miller) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cape Cod Stories (By: Tim Smith,John Miller) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
OOB: Anthology series. The author will have written at least one story in this series.

Publication Order of Anthologies

50 Great Short Stories(1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
50 Great American Short Stories(1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales of the Occult(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Short Story: 30 Masterpieces(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
100 Hair-Raising Little Horror Stories(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Oxford Book of Modern Fairy Tales(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Florida Stories(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thrillers(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
40 Short Stories: A Portable Anthology(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bound for Evil: Curious Tales of Books Gone Bad(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Simply Witchcraft's Best Short Stories Volume I(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Weird Fiction Collection #1(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
American Midnight(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Witchcraft Classics(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dover Anthology of Classic Christmas Stories(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American mystery and literary fiction author. Born in Massachusetts in 1804, Hawthorne published his first novel in 1828, and by the time he died in 1864, he had thousands of published works to his name. Many of his works were also published after his death. Hawthorne told stories about America’s colonial history and became a key figure in American literature development. His most outstanding works include The Scarlet Letter, Marble Faun, and The House of the Seven Gables.

The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter exposes America’s moral and historical roots and the great tragedy that accompanied it. Set in New England colony, this book shows how one passionate act affects three people’s lives. One is the defiant Hester Prynne, Chillingworth, and fiery Reverend Dimmesdale. Between 1642 and 1649, Hester conceives a daughter through an affair that earns her the wrath of the church and the entire community. While the disgraced woman tries to rebuild a life of dignity and repentance, it is sad that the people who should understand her reject her and brand her daughter an outcast. What these people fail to realize is no one is entirely pure. We all have our weaknesses, and the world would be a much better place if we all learned to love and respect each other.

Looking at this as a case of a self-fulfilling prophecy, it is disappointing that a young girl, just like her mother, is regarded as a sinner. Even though the accusation is unjust for the young girl, the fact that society considers her mother blasphemous, ungodly, and sinful reflects on her. Hester’s only misdoing is getting pregnant when not married. No one tries to consider her situation or at least hold the man responsible for the pregnancy accountable. The priests who preach water and drink wine are a completely different story. All is not gloom, and those romantic moments between Hester and her lover will move you to tears. Through Hester and other characters, the author explores human motives and innate desires.

This book explores humanity’s struggles with guilt, pride, and sin. It also carries a political message to the Prudes in early America. Through his writing, the author exposes the hypocrisy of the religious sect. Their actions are self-defeating, and it doesn’t make sense that these people preach doctrines that they cannot adhere to. While it is true that choices have consequences, unjustified damnation is just as bad, and it affects even the innocent. Once taken too far, religion can be damaging, and the characters in this book show this all too well. Christianity is based on repentance, forgiveness, and repentance, and it is sad that those who professed this faith ended up shaming and punishing those they considered sinners.

The Scarlet Letter is a historical fiction that is also regarded as Nathaniel Hawthorne’s masterwork. Hawthorne’s richness in language is outstanding, not to mention the intriguing symbolism. This book reads like a poem. It is easy to get lost in it once you appreciate the symbolism and all that is going on. While this is a challenging book to get into, it flourishes once you understand it making it a perfect choice if you are in the mood for an enlightening read.

The House of the Seven Gables
The House of the Seven Gables tells the story of one ruthless man and the way his actions affect a few generations in his household. In 1692, Salem’s witch hysteria led to killing many who were thought to be witches. Rev. Nathaniel Noyes was among the witch hunters who supported these senseless killings. When Sarah Good is about to be hanged as Nathaniel watches approvingly, she tells the Rev that he was just a witch as she was. She stated that if she was killed, God would give Nathaniel blood to drink. A few years later, Nathaniel suffered a throat aneurism, and just like Sarah told him, he died drinking his blood.
The author was born in Salem and lived there for most of his adult life. This story and others recorded by keepers of traditions in New England were passed down generations. The book opens with this scene even though the names and timelines are changed. We also get to learn that a few of Nathaniel’s kin died of throat aneurism depicting the issue of original sin being passed down generations. Contrary to his plans, Nathaniel never got to live in the seven-gabled mansion he built and was looking forward to occupying. Despite being a man of God, it is clear that Nathaniel’s actions were not pleasing to his maker. However, there are those in this family who are decent. These people manage to change the fate of this household and live a very fulfilling life.

Through Clifford, Phoebe, and Hephzibah, we get to see that we can make a choice between good and evil. In a family known for its greed and selfishness, these individuals choose good over evil and do not suffer the disease considered part of their inheritance. This is a message-driven story that will capture your attention from the first page. There is not much tension in it, but the pace stays consistent throughout. The author clearly shows what happens to evil people and those who hide behind religion to execute their greed. By choosing greed and judgment over forgives and what is right, Nathaniel attracts death in his family, and it is only through doing good that this curse is eliminated.

The House of the Seven Gables, just like the Scarlet Letter, addresses human guilt and the struggles we all experience when forced to choose between right and wrong. Hawthorne writes descriptively, and his work is a perfect blend of realism and fantasy. His 19th-century dictation may be a bit difficult for modern readers, but you will not regret the time you take to understand the vocabulary and the author’s writing style. This is yet another classic that will take you a few centuries back and teach you a thing or two about America’s past.

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