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Creation Date

Fall 2014


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Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)
The Scarlet Letter: A Romance
Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1850

In a June 1850 letter to Nathaniel Hawthorne, Melville describes his struggle finishing Moby-Dick. With his usual humor, he offers to send a portion of the text to Hawthorne: “Shall I send you a fin of the Whale by way of a specimen mouthful? The tail is not yet cooked—though the hell-fire in which the whole book is broiled might not unreasonably have cooked it all ere this.”

Helena and John Weadock Collection of Rare and Fine Printed Books and First Editions. Gift of T. Marie Chilton