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Three Stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Three Stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne is the subtitle for Hawthorne Illustrated. However, no real need for a subtitle since the main title, Hawthorne Illustrated, unlike our upcoming Poe Illustrated, stands unique in the book publishing world. And to demonstrate that, if you were to search the Internet for Hawthorne illustrated, you will find our book prominently displayed at the top of the first page of results for that inquiry. Hooray, as far as that goes.

Although Hawthorne Illustrated is free from titling competition, we oddly consider this unfortunate. Some publisher should have created an Illustrated Hawthorne book long before ours. As a short story writer, Nathaniel Hawthorne equals Edgar Allan Poe, but for some reason he’s not nearly as popular.

We wonder why readers routinely ignore his short stories. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s stories are excellent in every respect. They should be every bit as popular as those written by Edgar Allan Poe. We know that Poe would think so, too. A contemporary of Hawthorne, Poe reviewed and made known his great admiration for Hawthorne’s stories. And that should be endorsement enough!

Here’s a Marc Johnson-Pencook illustration from Feathertop, a satiric witches’s tale included in Hawthorne Illustrated.

Illustration in Feathertop, a story in Hawthorne Illustrated
Feathertop having a devilish dance in a cloud of smoke with pretty Polly Gookin

We wait-out the coronavirus pandemic with you. We hope medical professionals out-wit the virus soon. As we spend our days anticipating that, we update older blogs to offer free looks at the illustrated stories we adapt for middle-school readers. Here’s a link to Hawthorne Illustrated. We believe you will enjoy it, even if you have been out of middle school for many years.

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