The House of Hawthorne by Erika Robuck

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Read The House of Hawthorne Online Free - From Erika Robuck, bestselling author of Hemingway’s Girl, comes a brilliant new novel about a literary couple. The unlikely marriage between Nathaniel Hawthorne, the celebrated novelist, and Sophia Peabody, the invalid artist, was a true union of passion and intellect.…

Beset by crippling headaches from a young age and endowed with a talent for drawing, Sophia is discouraged by her well-known New England family from pursuing a woman’s traditional roles. But from their first meeting, Nathaniel and Sophia begin an intense romantic relationship that despite many setbacks leads to their marriage. Together, they will cross continents, raise children, and experience all the beauty and tragedy of an exceptional partnership. Sophia’s vivid journals and her masterful paintings kindle a fire in Nathaniel, inspiring his writing. But their children’s needs and the death of loved ones steal Sophia’s energy and time for her art, fueling in her a perennial tug-of-war between fulfilling her domestic duties and pursuing her own desires.

Spanning the years from the 1830s to the Civil War, and moving from Massachusetts to England, Portugal, and Italy, The House of Hawthorne explores the tension within a famous marriage of two soulful, strong-willed people, each devoted to the other but also driven by a powerful need to explore the far reaches of their creative impulses. It is the story of a forgotten woman in history, who inspired one of the greatest writers of American literature.…

Title : The House of Hawthorne
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ISBN : 0451418913
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 416 pages


Erika rated it ★★★★★

October 19, 2015

Dear Reader, When Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne bewitched me through their etchings on the window glass of their first residence together, the Old Manse, in Concord, Massachusetts, I became obsessed with those passionate artists, and what they both gained and lost to lead lives of domesticity. Wh...

Angela M rated it ★★★★☆

May 10, 2015

I have to confess that The Scarlet Letter is the only thing I have read by Nathaniel Hawthorne and that I knew very little about his personal life . Yet I was intrigued enough to want to read this book when I read about his loving and dedicated relationship with his wife Sophia. This is exactly w...

☮Karen rated it ★★★★★

May 05, 2015

A revealing glimpse into the lives of struggling author Nathaniel Hawthorne and his wife Sophia, his Dove. Sophia, an artist, tells us of their long courtship, their marriage in a time when they struggled financially, the sadness of losing a child, while remaining hopeful nevertheless, and of her...

Rebecca rated it ★★★☆☆

May 05, 2015

We often resent books we’re forced to read in school, but The Scarlet Letter wasn’t like that for me. Even though it was assigned reading for high school, I could instantly sense how important it was in the history of American literature. The tragic story of Hester Prynne and her judgmental commu...

Sarah rated it ★★★★★

December 29, 2014

This books greatest strength was the characters. Personalities shine with distinction, and every character’s voices ring with truth and vitality. I loved that I could truly know these people, they were that three-dimensional. Extreme shyness, passion about art, sacrifice for family, and jealousy...

Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★☆☆

June 07, 2015

3.5 My favorite parts of this novel were those when Emerson, Thoreau and Margaret Fuller, even Franklin Pierce makes a modest appearance, were in the story. Never knew nor would I have thought that despite his black moods Hawthorne was such a romantic. Parts of this book were absolutely fascinati...

Kristie rated it ★★★★☆

December 30, 2014

I entered to win this book in a Goodreads giveaway and was excited when I won. As an English teacher I spent 10 years teaching The Scarlet Letter and was curious to learn about the personal life of its author. At first I was not sure if I was going to enjoy the novel, but as I got into the story...

Pam rated it ★★★★★

November 26, 2016

Have you read this remarkable account of Sophia Peabody, an artist in her own right, who inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne? Robuck has written a captivating story of their tumultuous relationship, as well as Peabody's internal and external struggles, against the background of an important period of Am...

Albert rated it ★★★★☆

August 08, 2015

I will preface my review of The House of Hawthorne by Erika Robuck by admitting freely that I do not read romance novels. I read historic novels. I read erotica. But I do not read romantic novels. I don't enjoy them, I don't as a general rule...get them. So it is with some surprise and considerab...

Sarah rated it ★☆☆☆☆

February 04, 2016

It's just so saccharine - completely focused on how wonderful and perfect the love between Nathaniel and Sophia was, with the result that any events with real potential for drama and conflict (the Hawthornes' money worries, Sophia's attempts to balance being a mother and an artist, Nathaniel's di...

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