Elements of Literature Fifth Course
LE0 11-6.3
The Minister’s Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Publisher Perished
Hawthorne’s publisher, William Ticknor, was also his good friend. Ticknor helped Hawthorne move to England. Ticknor even whisked him away to sunnier climes when it seemed that Death was knocking down the door. But would Death leave empty-handed, or did Ticknor answer the cursed call himself? Trace the details of this fateful friendship as Ticknor’s granddaughter tells all.
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Burn, Baby, Burn!
What if we could shake off the mistakes of past generations and start over? Burn all the weapons and money, knock down the prisons, and abolish government and religion? That is what the people of Earth have decided to do in Hawthorne’s story “Earth’s Holocaust.” Read on to discover what everyone forgets to burn—the one thing that is certain to restore past evils.
Crossing the Curriculum: History
If the Walls Could Speak
Since about 1686, a well-known country farmhouse has stood in Concord, Massachusetts. Its walls once echoed the sounds of the American Revolution. Its door once opened to admit some of the nation’s greatest minds: Winthrop, Emerson, Thoreau, and Melville. Now, it’s your turn to step inside. Can you guess who built the tower onto the house, complete with a “sky parlor” as his study?
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