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The New Adam and Eve

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Book Overview: 

The New Adam and Eve is a story about the brand new coupling and pilgrimage of a couple into Boston where all other inhabitants have been removed. It is suggested that the story was written as a love note to his new wife.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .But no; something drags us down in spite of our best efforts. Perchance we may find a path hereafter."

In the energy of new life it appears no such impracticable feat to climb into the sky. But they have already received a woful lesson, which may finally go far towards reducing them to the level of the departed race, when they acknowledge the necessity of keeping the beaten track of earth. They now set forth on a ramble through the city, in the hope of making their escape from this uncongenial sphere. Already in the fresh elasticity of their spirits they have found the idea of weariness. We will watch them as they enter some of the shops and public or private edifices; for every door, whether of alderman or beggar, church or hall of state, has been flung wide open by the same agency that swept away the inmates.

It so happens,—and not unluckily for an Adam and Eve who are still in the costume that might better have befitted Eden,&mdash. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Obviously very "angry white man", very misogynistic, very conservative; yet, I found this a pleasure to read. It makes you ponder the essence of life, and it contains some beautiful sentences:

"In a forest, solitude would be life; in a city, it is death."

"Nature would measure time by the successi...more

First published in the United States Magazine and Democratic Review, XII (February, 1843), “The New Adam and Eve” is constructed on an interesting premise: The Day of Doom has burst upon the globe, and swept away the whole race of men. . . . But the abodes of man, and all that he has accomplishe...more