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The Blithedale Romance

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

1. 00 - Preface
2. 01 - Old Moodie
3. 02 - Blithedale
4. 03 - A Knot of Dreamers
5. 04 - The Supper-Table
6. 05 - Until Bedtime
7. 06 - Coverdale's Sick-Chamber
8. 07 - The Convalescent
9. 08 - A Modern Arcadia
10. 09 - Hollingsworth, Zenobia, Priscilla
11. 10 - A Visitor From Town
12. 11 - The Wood-Path
13. 12 - Coverdale's Hermitage
14. 13 - Zenobia's Legend
15. 14 - Eliot's Pulpit
16. 15 - A Crisis
17. 16 - Leave-Takings
18. 17 - The Hotel
19. 18 - The Boarding-House
20. 19 - Zenobia's Drawing-Room
21. 20 - They Vanish
22. 21 - An Old Acquaintance
23. 22 - Fauntleroy
24. 23 - A Village Hall
25. 24 - The Masqueraders
26. 25 - The Three Together
27. 26 - Zenobia and Coverdale
28. 27 - Midnight
29. 28 - Blithedale Pasture
30. 29 - Miles Coverdale's Confession

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Summary

The Blithedale Romance is the story of four principal characters who work with -- and sometimes against -- each other on Blithedale, a communal farm antecedent to those that sprang up later in the 1960s, and similar to one on which Hawthorne himself lived in 1841. These communes arose out of the pressures on society and the individual brought by the Industrial Revolution. Some were organized around religious philosophies, some were secular. Among the secularists, the Transcendental movement mentioned in the novel espoused the idea that the individual's intuition, rather than religious dogma, was the true path to spiritual enlightenment. Our four characters, like so many who fled to these communes, struggle to free mankind from bondage as they struggle with the unaccustomed day-to-day tasks of farm life. But they are plagued by a mystery that follows them from the world, and ultimately leads to tragedy.

Reviews

dg

Fairly interesting book and pleasant reader.