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Thursday, June 1, 2006

Sophia Peabody Hawthorne in the news.

Okay, American literature and Transcendentalism lovers, here's a story: After Nathaniel Hawthorne died, his wife Sophia (sister of Elizabeth Palmer Peabody) and their three daughters moved to England. Sophia and their daughter Una died in England in the 1870s and were buried there; Nathaniel, of course, was buried at Sleepy Hollow in Concord, Mass. They've been apart a long time. But at long last, Sophia and Una's remains are being brought back to Concord and interred in the family plot. I knew you'd want to know.

Intriguing fact I hadn't heard before: One of the other Hawthorne daughters founded a Catholic order dedicated to caring for cancer patients — the Dominican Order of Hawthorne!

("Hawthornes to be reunited," Raja Mishra and Sally Heaney, Boston Globe 6.1.06, reg req'd)

Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 1 June 2006 at 7:54 AM

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June 1, 2006 06:27 PM | Permalink for this comment

Now if someone whould only throw all of ol' Nate's books in with them, that'd make my happy. (Hated Ethan Frome in high school, hated Ethan Frome in college, and hated Ethan Frome after college.)


June 28, 2006 12:43 AM | Permalink for this comment

Perhaps you'd be interested in knowing that they didn't have three daughters, they had two daughters and a son.
All the rest is pretty accurate. And the links a good one.

less amused:

June 28, 2006 12:53 AM | Permalink for this comment

I guess I wrote that last comment too quickly for it appears that the Boston Globe link wasn't so fabulous. They posted a photo of Sophia, which is not her at all.
Oh, well. It's the thought that counts. Thanks, again writing about this!

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