Day: September 28, 2017

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Lessons on the Works of Mercy

You’ve rejoiced in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Puritan-bashing in “Young Goodman Brown.” You’ve reveled in his rejection of scientism and perfectionism in “The Birthmark.” You may even have shared some of Hester’s redemptive suffering in The Scarlet Letter. One of Hawthorne’s lesser-known works, however, takes on a whole different problem, one uncannily appropriate to our day. “The Procession …

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