Hawthorne published The Blithdale Romance in 1852. The inspiration for the book came from his experience joining the Transcendentalist utopian community, Brook Farm in 1841, not because he agreed with the experiment, but because he needed to save money to marry his fiance, Sophia Peabody. Interestingly, this novel was his only published in the first person, Teachers and students looking for further summary and analysis might wish to read D. H. Lawrence's chapter on Hawthorne's The Blithedale Romance from his book Studies in Classic American Literature.
IX. HOLLINGSWORTH, ZENOBIA, PRISCILLA
XXIX. MILES COVERDALE'S CONFESSION
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