Many thanks to Julie Hall for inviting me to contribute a personal reflection to this issue of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, which will be her last as editor. I'm very much indebted to Julie and to her predecessors Frederick Newberry and Monika Elbert for their fine editing, impeccable scholarship, and warm friendship. This reflection is a new genre for me, but I'll do my best at casting a backward glance over my life with Hawthorne. It's been a long road, marked by moments of surprise, pleasure, and gratitude.

I first became acquainted with Hawthorne in graduate school at Duke University some four decades ago, when I had the good fortune to study with two eminent Hawthorne scholars, Buford Jones and Arlin Turner. Buford's seminar on Hawthorne and Melville was a model of its kind. In it, he shared exciting findings from his own unpublished research, such as a genealogy...

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