The 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge continues! (scroll down for more info)
I challenged myself to read 50 books in 1 year as part of a fundraiser for RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network).
I’ve just finished the 5th work, 25 Selected Short Stories by Edgar Allan Poe…only 45 more books to go!
Next up is….The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1851)
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Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1804. Most of us know Hawthorne from having to read The Scarlet Letter in school. Many of us also know Hawthorne from Twice-Told Tales, which I found in an abridged edition when I was in grade school. His first book was Fawnshawe, published anonymously. Hawthorne was part of the Romantic movement, which involved a focus on emotions (including the writer’s), a veneration of nature, and an acceptance of the supernatural, placing much stake in imagination. The Romantics were looking for an aesthetic experience, art true to their inner selves. They rejected Rationalism, Neoclassicism, industrialization, organized religion (Calvinism in particular), rigidity of any kind, and established social conventions and (to a lesser extent) niceties. Besides the works mentioned, Hawthorne is also known for his novel The Blithedale Romance. When he died, his mourners included friends such as Herman Melville (who dedicated Moby-Dick to him), Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
The 50 in 52 Project is a fundraiser for RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network). I challenged myself to read 50 books in 1 year (6/1/18 to 6/1/19). I’m asking folks to sponsor me by pledging a $ amount per book I read. Sponsors don’t have to pay anything until after the Challenge finishes (6/1/19). To sponsor me, click HERE. For more info and a list of the 50 books, go to the top posting on the official 50 in 52 Project Facebook page.
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