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Nathaniel Hawthorne

When Times Are Hard, Pick Up These Works of Literature

Meira Bienstock | Posted 06.20.2014 | Books
Meira Bienstock

These two novels, which are considered to be among the canon of the greatest classical works of literature, are definitely worth picking up again if you need characters to inspire you. They will remind you of the most defining and beneficial character traits which are so rare, but sing so loudly from these pages.

Meatless Monday: Boston Uncommon

Ellen Kanner | Posted 06.09.2014 | Green
Ellen Kanner

I'm right proud to have made The Boston Calendar's coveted list of Events That Don't Suck. Back at ya, Boston, it didn't suck for me, either. It was w...

Suspicion: A Talk with Joseph Finder

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Joseph Finder has a background every thriller novelist would love to have. He spent his early childhood living around the world.

Beyond Boston: A Road Trip to Concord and Lexington

WHERE | Posted 06.17.2014 | Travel
WHERE

Unlike Paul Revere, you don't need to look to Boston's Old North Church for two lanterns to see that you should hit the road for Concord and Lexington, Mass.

Thug Notes Shows Us That 17th Century Salem Was Whack

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 10.26.2013 | Comedy

There's simply no denying it: Thug Notes is the absolute best "spoonful of sugar" to help the literature go down you can watch online. In this late...

'This Guy Really Delivers'

Jerry Zezima | Posted 06.15.2013 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

With apologies to Nathaniel Hawthorne, who is dead and can't sue me, I live in the House of the Three Gables. When the vent in the main one, the Clark gable, was gone with the wind after a recent storm, my wife, Sue, asked me to fix it.

Thwarted Romances Are a Literary Staple

Dave Astor | Posted 11.20.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Among literature's most popular plot devices are the obstructions authors put on the road of love. It's hard not to get engrossed when two characters are thwarted from finding happiness with each other.

The Surprising Non-Literary Jobs of Some Authors

Dave Astor | Posted 09.11.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

It's no shock when novelists work as journalists or professors before, during, or after their book-producing years. But some famous writers have held rather unusual non-literary jobs.

Close and Not-So-Close Encounters With Famous Authors

Dave Astor | Posted 07.23.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Literature fans love "encounters" with living or dead authors. These might involve seeing novelists at book signings, listening to them give a talk, or visiting homes/museums connected with famous authors of the past.

Serious Novelists Are Sometimes Surprisingly Funny

Dave Astor | Posted 03.06.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Herman Melville's Moby-Dick is an epic tragedy that leaves readers shocked and awed. But, along the way, there are some delightfully funny interludes -- most notably the pre-voyage scene in which Ishmael and Queequeg end up in the same bedroom.

Bethlehem, 'Perfection' and Our Birthmark: Why Perfect Is the Enemy of Good!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.24.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As a new year looms, we might consider abandoning the quest for superficial perfection -- and embrace the pursuit of humbler, but deeper good. The particular advantage of good over perfect is... We could actually get there from here.

Is Nathaniel Hawthorne More Relevant Than Ever?

Big Think | Posted 11.30.2011 | Fifty

How can Americans think their way out of the current economic crisis? According to Lisa New, professor of English at Harvard University, Americans oug...

A Dearth of Mirth at the End of Many Great Novels

Dave Astor | Posted 12.11.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

After just finishing The House of Mirth, I'm reminded once again that many great novels don't have happy endings.

The Pleasures of Rereading

Dave Astor | Posted 11.19.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

Reading a beloved book twice, thrice, or more is a craving that can't be denied. It's pleasurable, comforting, and relaxing -- partly because you don't have to figure out what the author is doing from scratch.

The Best Two Half-Decades in Literary History

Dave Astor | Posted 10.08.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

They were unplanned "Five-Year Plans" for the ages: the amazing proliferation of classic novels published from 1846 to 1851 and from 1922 to 1927. And, believe it or not, one author had a book in both those periods!

PHOTOS: 8 Things You Probably Don't Know About Famous Authors

Dave Astor | Posted 08.30.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

Curiosity about great novelists has inspired me to read dozens of author biographies. In those books (and on the Web), one can discover many "wow"-inducing facts about renowned writers

Less Famous Literary Masterpieces

Dave Astor | Posted 08.10.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

There are plenty of cases where an author's masterpiece deserves the top billing it gets in the author's canon. But then there are the cases where a writer's most famous book is not the writer's best book.

Collecting Hawthorne: (Not) Only a Woman's Hair

Carolyn Vega | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Carolyn Vega

When J.P. Morgan purchased part of Wakeman's library in 1909, he acquired,"the greatest body in existence of the writings of perhaps the greatest of all American authors" -- that is, Nathaniel Hawthorne.

The Droll Insight Of Trollope

Richard C. Morais | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Richard C. Morais

To be so amused and enlightened by the political machinations of the Barchester clergy is priceless. But to do so for the price of a Taco Bell burrito makes this Kindle offer one of the best bargains around.

Lindsay, Madonna, Emma and the Search for Control

Jessica Massa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jessica Massa

What an eventful 24 hours! At least for me. Last night, I attended the 25th Anniversary screening of the iconic 80's film Desperately Seeking Susan ...

HuffPost Review: Easy A

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Emma Stone is a bright young actress who knows her way around a one-liner. But the flimsy writing here barely evokes giggles, let alone actual laughs.

Curious about 'The Whale?' Read the Book

Peter Christian Hall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Peter Christian Hall

Philip Hoare pays eloquent tribute to the beauty, power, and history of the sea's mightiest creatures. Can readers who have discovered the elegance and mystery of whales ever again enjoy a seaquarium?

No Time to Read? Go Short

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

There is a solution to the time crunch: the beauty and brevity of a short story. For those with circumscribed time, short stories deliver, and deliver big time.