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Hawthorne: Science, Progress, and Human Nature 

A series of critical essays accompanied by annotated stories

Several of the best stories by the great American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864) touch on the moral meaning of modern science. The New Atlantis is publishing a series of essays devoted to Hawthorne’s stories about science, technology, and progress. With every essay but one, we are publishing online a critical edition of the corresponding Hawthorne story. Each essay is accompanied by illustrations by Elliott Banfield.

To learn more about Hawthorne and our series, please read our introductory essay, “Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Spirit of Science.”

A note on the critical editions: The text of the Hawthorne stories presented in this series is generally based on the final editions published during the author’s lifetime. Our critical editions keep intact the original spelling and punctuation, except when the source text is obviously mistaken. Paragraphs are numbered for the purposes of classroom discussion, and all annotations are by our editorial team, unless otherwise indicated.

Stories Essays  
Series Introduction Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Spirit of Science
by the Editors
(Fall 2009-Winter 2010)
Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment Wasting the Water of Life
by Kevin Laskowski
(Fall 2009-Winter 2010)
The New Adam and Eve Artful by Nature
by Charles T. Rubin
(Spring 2010)
Ethan Brand,” “Earth’s Holocaust,” and “Fire Worship From Hearth-Fires to Hell-Fires
by Diana Schaub
(Summer 2010)
Rappaccini’s Daughter The Last Temptation of Science
by Algis Valiunas
(Winter 2011)
The Artist of the Beautiful A Far Other Butterfly
by Wilfred M. McClay
(Fall 2011)
The Hall of Fantasy The Possibility of Progress
by Jeremy Kessler
(Fall 2012)
The Blithedale Romance Love Conquers All
by Jenna Silber Storey and Benjamin Storey
(Spring 2015)