I am very happy to introduce this double issue for spring and fall, 2018, to readers of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, and to celebrate this first volume jointly produced by the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society and Pennsylvania State University Press, the Review's new publisher. This issue is fit, I think, to inaugurate this new collaboration. Its strength, as always, lies in its contents, contributions by scholars and authors who, themselves moved by the passion and power of Hawthorne's works, bring us their finest intellectual and imaginative exertions. From esthetic considerations of Hawthorne and his fellow short-story writer Edgar Allan Poe, to a deep dive into Hawthorne's historical materials, to a special section of essays on The Scarlet Professor opera that retells the near-tragic tale of classic Hawthorne scholar Newton Arvin, the essays herein testify to the breadth, depth, and vitality of Hawthorne scholarship and argue mightily for the enduring...

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