Young Goodman Brown Criticism

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From the publication of his first collection of stories, Twice Told Tales, Hawthorne's books were reviewed often and enthusiastically. Although lavishly praised by critics, the collection itself sold poorly; an enlarged edition issued in 1842 fared no better. This pattern of critical appreciation and public neglect continued throughout Hawthorne's literary career, and he was forced to occupy a series of minor governmental posts in order to supplement his income. Hawthorne's work, which consists of over fifty stories and sketches as well as such classic novels as The Scarlet Letter, has continuously drawn critical and popular attention since his death. His work draws readers not only for its strong storytelling qualities but also for the moral and theological questions raised within.

"Young Goodman Brown" ranks foremost among Hawthorne's short stories in both popular appeal and critical respect. It remains a favorite because it holds something of interest for almost everyone...

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