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Title: Wakefield - Stepping Out
Author(s): HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel , LICHTENSTEIN, Roy
Journal: Marriage, Families & Spirituality
Volume: 4    Issue: 1   Date: Spring 1998   
Pages: 83-89
DOI: 10.2143/INT.4.1.2014782

Abstract :
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864), American novelist and short-story writer, shut himself away for 12 years to learn to write fiction. His first novel was amateurish, but later some of the stories gained favourable notice and a volume of them, Twice-Told Tales, was published in 1837. His first major success was the novel The Scarlet Letter (1850), still the best known of his works. Only belatedly recognized in his own country, he continued to write articles and stories, notably those collected as Our Old Home.
Wakefield is the title of a tale which appeared first in 1835 and was later included in the collection Twice-Told Tales. It tells the story of a man who deserts his wife for some unfathomable reasons and, by doing so, “exposes himself to a fearful risk of losing his place forever”.

“Wakefield” from Twice-Told Tales, volume IX of the Centenary Edition of the Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne is reprinted by permission. Copyright 1974 by the Ohio State University Press. All rights reserved.

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