With all due respect for Mr. Hawthorne, I found his circumnavigation of whatever point he was making very tedious. In the end, I felt the outcome was unbelievable, and the characters only partially sympathetic. I wonder how this story could be made relevant to a modern generation? Here's a story that could be easily missed.
It's easy to know why this book has been a beloved classic. It deals with issues innate to all people of all generations. It never goes out of date.
Henry James, M. R. James, E. F. Benson, Ambrose Bierce, EDGAR ALLAN POE, H. P. Lovecraft, Edith Wharton, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Lafcadio Hearn, Mary Shelley, Clark Ashton Smith, Bram Stoker, Oliver Onions, Robert W. Chambers, F. Marion Crawford, Arthur Conan Doyle, Washington Irving, Myla Jo Closser, Rebecca Harding Davis, Anatole France, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Richard Le Gallienne, Arthur Machen, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Guy de Maupassant, Elia W. Peattie, Charlotte Riddell, M. P. Shiel & Wilbur Daniel Steele