HAWTHORNE: A Life
"Mercurial and double-edged as his writing, Nathaniel Hawthorne stands before us as a strangely modern figure -- darkly handsome, obsessed with family secrets and guilt, self-conscious, charismatic, a man of endless complexity, and an artist of incomparable genius. His intimates included Melville, Emerson, Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, and Franklin Pierce -- yet even among his closest friends he remained elusive.
Brenda Wineapple succeeds as no other biographer has in giving us the man in full -- the tender husband and father, the tortured scion of a once great New England family, the loyal friend, the towering but ultimately tragic writer. Written with passion and grace, dazzling in its insights, Hawthorne: A Life paints a stunning portrait of a quintessential American author and of the age he helped create. A model of biographer's art, it will stand as one of the great literary lives of our day." ~ Back Cover.