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Passages from a Relinquished Work

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Passages From Relinquished Work is a short story written by acclaimed American author Nathaniel Hawthorne.

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I do not over-estimate my notoriety when I take it for granted that many of my readers must have heard of me in the wild way of life which I adopted. The idea of becoming a wandering story-teller had been suggested, a year or two before, by an encounter with several merry vagabonds in a showman's wagon, where they and I had sheltered ourselves during a summer shower. The project was not more extravagant than most which a young man forms. Stranger ones are executed every day; and, not to mention my prototypes in the East, and the wandering orators and poets whom my own ears have heard, I had the example of one illustrious itinerant in the other hemisphere,—of Goldsmith, who planned and performed his travels through France and Italy on a less promising scheme than mine. I took credit to myself for various qualifications, mental and personal, suited to the undertaking. Besides, my mind had latterly tormented me for employment, keeping up an irregular a. . . Read More

Community Reviews

These “passages”—first published as “The Story Teller No. I” and “The Story Teller No. I” in the November and December issues of New-England Magazine (1834)—are central to a grand design Hawthorne conceived in his late 20’s: a picaresque narrative featuring a young man named Oberon (a college nic...more