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Mosses from an Old Manse

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

1. 01 - The Old Manse - Part 1
2. 02 - The Old Manse - Part 2
3. 03 - The Old Manse - Part 3
4. 04 - The Birthmark
5. 05 - A Select Party
6. 06 - Young Goodman Brown
7. 07 - Rappaccini's Daughter: Part 1
8. 08 - Rappaccini's Daughter: Part 2
9. 09 - Mrs. Bullfrog
10. 10 - The Celestial Railroad
11. 11 - The Procession Of Life
12. 12 - Feathertop: A Moralized Legend
13. 13 - Egotism; Or, The Bosom Serpent
14. 14 - Drowne's Wooden Image
15. 15 - Roger Malvin's Burial
16. 16 - The Artist Of The Beautiful: Part 1
17. 17 - The Artist Of The Beautiful: Part 2
18. 18 - Fire-Worship
19. 19 - Buds and Bird-Voices
20. 20 - Monsieur du Miroir
21. 21 - The Hall of Fantasy
22. 22 - The New Adam and Eve
23. 23 - The Christmas Banquet
24. 24 - The Intelligence Office
25. 25 - P.'s Correspondence
26. 26 - Earth's Holocaust
27. 27 - Passages from a Relinquished Work
28. 28 - Sketches From Memory
29. 29 - The Old Apple-Dealer
30. 30 - A Virtuoso's Collection

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"Mosses from an Old Manse" is a short story collection by Nathaniel Hawthorne, first published in 1846. The collection includes several previously-published short stories and is named in honor of The Old Manse where Hawthorne and his wife lived for the first three years of their marriage. A second edition was published in 1854, which added "Feathertop," "Passages from a Relinquished Work, and "Sketches from Memory."Many of the tales collected in "Mosses from an Old Manse" are allegories and, typical of Hawthorne, focus on the negative side of human nature. Hawthorne's friend Herman Melville noted this aspect in his review "Hawthorne and His Mosses": "This black conceit pervades him through and through. You may be witched by his sunlight, transported by the bright gildings in the skies he builds over you; but there is the blackness of darkness beyond; and even his bright gildings but fringe and play upon the edges of thunder-clouds." William Henry Channing reviewed the collection in The Harbinger and noted that its author "had been baptized in the deep waters of Tragedy" and his work was dark with only brief moments of "serene brightness" which was never brighter than "dusky twilight". (