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Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Haunted Mind

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Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Haunted Mind

Time: September 3, 2011 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Location: The Artists' Exchange
Street: 50 Rolfe Square
City/Town: Cranston, RI
Website or Map: http://www.artists-exchange.o…
Event Type: performance, living, history, dramatic, reading
Organized By: Rob Velella
Latest Activity: Aug 22, 2011

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Nathaniel Hawthorne returns to life to read from some of his dark tales in “Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Haunted Mind” at The Artists’ Exchange on Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $8; space is limited.

Though known today for his novels, including The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne first rose to prominence for his short tales. These works explore the nature of mankind, often delving into dark realms of the human mind. Herman Melville referred to these stories as “shrouded in blackness, ten times black.” After reading these stories, Edgar Allan Poe called Hawthorne “an indisputable genius.”

Hawthorne is portrayed in this one-man performance by literary historian and playwright Rob Velella. As a scholar, Velella has published articles and presented academic papers on figures as varied as Margaret Fuller, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Walt Whitman. Nicknamed the “Prometheus of American literary scholarship,” he has taken his research outside of academia by lecturing at various historical sites, libraries, and colleges from Pennsylvania to Maine. Recently, he served as guest curator for "Margaret Fuller: Woman of the Nineteenth Century" at Harvard's Houghton Library and as research associate for "The Raven in the Frog Pond: Edgar Allan Poe and Boston" for the Boston Public Library. He has dramatically brought to life several literary figures, including performances as the young Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Velella also maintains the American Literary Blog (, an "almost-daily celebration of important (and not-so-important) dates in 19th-century American literary history."

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