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These included pieces on the Boston Tea Party, the Chinese Pyramids, the Church of Saint Sophia, the Flathead Indians, and the Schenectady Lyceum (Cantwell, 174–189). Ancestral Footstep, The A group of 21 copybook entries for intended sketches that Hawthorne wrote in Rome between April 1 and May 19, 1858. They were published posthumously, first in the ATLANTIC MONTHLY (1882–83) and later in The American Claimant Manuscripts. According to his biographer Arlin Turner, Hawthorne had intended to depict a variety of legends and ceremonies.
It was later collected in MOSSES FROM AN OLD MANSE (1846). “Birth-Mark, The” The story should be read in the context of science and technology at the end of the 18th century, which were assuming, as Melissa Pennell puts it, more “dominant roles” in American life than religion. Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein had explored the consequences of a scientist’s infusing an inanimate being with life—no small feat, but one that produced a destructive monster (Pennell, 48). Hawthorne’s tale is based on the premise that science can reverse or eradicate natural flaws with impunity.