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Nathaniel Hawthorne

American novelist and short story writer
(1804 - 1864)


The writer
'Dr Heidegger’s Experiment'
'Feathertop'
'The Ambitious Guest'
'The Birthmark'
'The Scarlet Letter'

(Updated on 12/01/2011)

 


The writer :

  • Hawthorne: Bicentennial Exhibition at the Phillips Library
    - interactive site about a great American writer
    - with SOUND (pem.org)

 

 

'Dr Heidegger’s Experiment' (published in 1837) :

  • 'Doctor Heidegger’s Experiment' by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Text + Audio + Video + Lesson plan + Quiz
    "Is there a Fountain of Youth? Read about it in this classic American story, "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
    Several old men and one old woman find out and it changes their lives. They are young again and fight for the attention of a beautiful woman.
    But will it last?"

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • Doctor Heidegger’s Experiment by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Article + Audio + Video
    "Is there a Fountain of Youth? Read about it in this classic American story, "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
    Several old men and one old woman find out and it changes their lives.
    They are young again and fight for the attention of a beautiful woman. But will it last?"

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

'Feathertop' :

  • 'Feathertop' by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Text + Audio + Video
    "This classic American story features a scarecrow that comes to life. Find out what adventures he has as he looks for love and admiration.
    His only problem is that he has to keep puffing on the pipe the witch gave him. If he stops - something terrible may happen!"

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

'The Ambitious Guest' :

  • The Ambitious Guest by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Text + Audio + Video
    "A stranger comes to share a warm fire with a family on a cold night in the mountains. They talk about what is most important to them.
    Then part of the mountain starts to fall. Rocks and earth fall near the little house. What will become of the family and their visitor?"

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • The Ambitious Guest by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Video with the text
    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

'The Birthmark' :

  • The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Text + Audio + Video
    "We all want to make ourselves better. Women and men try to be more attractive, smarter, and kinder.
    This story shows us the danger of trying to improve someone else.
    Keeping in mind that "no one is perfect," we present a story about a husband who wanted a perfect wife."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Video with the text
    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

'The Scarlet Letter' (1850) :

  • The Scarlet Letter - Literature and Film
    "This project pairs a classic of American Literature, Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter (1850), with its 1934 translation into film in order to look, first, at the values in Hawthorne's original story, and second, at the film version of this story as a product of the particular age in which it was made." 
    (webster.edu)