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Mrs. Hawthorne did not provide a Table of Contents for Passages from the American Note-Books. The printed pages have the year as a header on each page. We provide the last two digits of the year in the pagagraph tag, as for example, "g3512" is the 12th paragraph in 1835; you can see this information if you move your mouse to the first word in the paragraph.
Following is a list we have made to try to make it easier to find contents in the big file. Remember you can Find words in the file after opening it in your web browser, but AltaVista will not be able to index contents after the first 100KB, so you won't find items via our /Search/ page. Mixed in with travel notes and miscellaneous observations are some undated lists of ideas for stories--when they are clearly separate, we list them below as "notes."
Our copy-text is volume 9 of the Riverside Edition of the Complete Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Passages from the American Note-Books of Nathaniel Hawthorne. The print copy has a frontispiece engraving, "Along the Shore," not reproduced here. The print text has 445 pages, including the introduction, with no other front matter. We do not supply the 12-page index to the printed text for this online edition. Pagination as in the print edition is preserved as anchors in the HTML Page Source, for example as "p01", but is not visible in the rendered screen text. Links to paragraphs are visible by selecting the first word of each paragraph; you may use those links to make references to the text from your HTML code and external web pages (see the bottom of the web page for suggested MLA-style references). End-of-line hyphenation has been eliminated for HTML, according to our best judgment. The em dash has been rendered as two minus signs without intervening space. There are two inline footnotes to the introduction, and two (by Sophia Hawthorne) in the text. (We have not provided any links to a glossary or notes from the text.) In the ASCII text some emphasized words rendered as italic in the print edition are left as roman in ASCII. Phrases in foreign languages (French, Latin) are coded within "cite" tags.
We also present an article from the January, 1896, Atlantic Monthly that gives one of the notebooks not printed in this earlier edition. It was originally printed in two columns, but is presented in one here. Incidentally, this article in the Atlantic finishes on the same page as begins the first chapter of the first magazine publication of the now-famous novel by Sarah Orne Jewett, The Country of the Pointed Firs.
Some of the notebooks, or scrapbooks or diaries, that Hawthorne jotted notes on during his life and travels, were left to his family upon his death in 1864. His widow, Sophia Peabody Hawthorne, set out to edit them and publish them, in order to support herself and her family. She added parts of letters to the journals, where they seemed skimpy, and left out parts that might not be polite to publish in cases where they referred to living people. For example, most of the names were not given fully, only initials. A modern comparison of the surviving manuscripts with Mrs. Hawthorne's editions indicates that not only were other parts left out because she did not feel they represented Hawthorne favorably, but also some references were scratched out of the original manuscripts by her. At least one "lost" notebook has turned up and has been published (and newly copyrighted) in recent years--perhaps there are more out there!
Since the deaths of Mrs. Hawthorne and her son Julian, the manuscripts have been studied by scholars who have made better editions of the notebooks, along with scholarly notes. The Ohio State University Press has published these scholarly editions of the journals, but they are expensive and under new copyright, so we cannot post them here. However, if you intend to publish a scholarly reference to the journals, please use those editions as references. We do hope that publishing this edition online will be of some interest to readers of Hawthorne, and welcome any corrections or comments from readers.
Henry James in his book Hawthorne (do a Find for "Note-Book" once you open it) discusses at length his interpretation of the Note-Books. He puzzles as to just what Hawthorne's purpose was in writing them. There are obvious notes that were later developed into much different and better stories. But perhaps it is just as well that one of Poe's newly invented police detectives did not get the chance to examine them for clues while Hawthorne was still alive!
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