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My Kinsman, Major Molineux Summary
Nathaniel Hawthorne

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"My Kinsman, Major Molineux" was first published in the 1832 issue of The Token, an annual collection of fiction, poetry, and essays generally bought as a Christmas present. It was one of four stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne in the issue, but like all of the pieces in the magazine, it did not carry the author's name. The story was not a favorite of the author's, and it drew no special attention from readers. It was not included in either of Hawthorne's first two collections of short stories, Twice- Told Tales (1842) and Mosses from an Old Manse (1846). Finally in 1851 it was published in the collection The Snow-Image and Other Twice-Told Tales. The story was not especially popular during Hawthorne's lifetime, being greatly overshadowed by the novels that the writer produced in the 1850s.

In the second half of the twentieth century, however, the story took on a new life. Appreciated for...

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