Narrator Adam Sims combines a modern clarity and tone with the author's wit, skepticism, and keen observations to make listening to this nineteenth-century literary stew an absolute treat. Published in 1851, in the wake of the success of THE SCARLET LETTER, this multigenerational story of the fictional Pyncheon family is at once a ghost story, a romance, and, above all, an often-biting commentary on New England mores, grudges, and attitudes of the time. It all begins with the cheerful country cousin, Phoebe, moving into the ancient house with the elderly Hepzibah and finding that a daguerreotypist, a ghost, and another cousin are all living under the same roof. Listen closely, and you'll hear Hawthorne's style and rhythms in the works of Faulkner, Lovecraft, and Rod Serling. B.P. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2020]
Trade Ed. Naxos AudioBooks 2019
DD ISBN 9781781982655 $29.00
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