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Our Old Home

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In "Our Old Home" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author provides a fascinating glimpse into his experiences living in England as an American expatriate. Through a series of essays, Hawthorne reflects on the culture, history, and landscapes of his adopted country, offering poignant observations and insights.

Hawthorne's prose is eloquent and richly descriptive, capturing the beauty and complexity of England in vivid detail. His deep appreciation for the country is evident throughout the book, as he delves into its traditions, architecture, and social customs with a keen eye.

While some readers may find Hawthorne's writing style to be dense and somewhat antiquated, those who appreciate insightful commentary and lyrical prose will find much to admire in "Our Old Home." Hawthorne's reflections on history and humanity are thought-provoking and timeless, making this book a valuable addition to any literary collection.

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These essays, based on Hawthorne’s stay in England from 1853 to 1857 as American Consul in Liverpool, were first published in the form of a series of travel articles for The Atlantic Monthly.

In these writings, he displays his humor, his empathetic nature, his pride in his country, and sometimes his sharp judgment of others. He shares with us the difficulties of being a consul in the 1850’s, takes us on a tour with him through rural England and Scotland, shows us the splendors of London, and the horrors of the poverty that so many suffered. (Introduction by Margaret)

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