The Blithedale Romance

Nathaniel HAWTHORNE (1804 - 1864)

The Blithedale Romance is the story of four principal characters who work with -- and sometimes against -- each other on Blithedale, a communal farm antecedent to those that sprang up later in the 1960s, and similar to one on which Hawthorne himself lived in 1841. These communes arose out of the pressures on society and the individual brought by the Industrial Revolution. Some were organized around religious philosophies, some were secular. Among the secularists, the Transcendental movement mentioned in the novel espoused the idea that the individual's intuition, rather than religious dogma, was the true path to spiritual enlightenment. Our four characters, like so many who fled to these communes, struggle to free mankind from bondage as they struggle with the unaccustomed day-to-day tasks of farm life. But they are plagued by a mystery that follows them from the world, and ultimately leads to tragedy. (Summary by Christine Dufour)

Genre(s): General Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 00 - Preface Jacquerie
00:05:41
Play 01 01- Old Moodie Jacquerie
00:08:43
Play 02 02 - Blithedale Jacquerie
00:11:02
Play 03 03 - A Knot of Dreamers Jacquerie
00:19:06
Play 04 04 - The Supper-Table Jacquerie
00:18:04
Play 05 05 - Until Bedtime Jacquerie
00:15:03
Play 06 06 - Coverdale's Sick-Chamber Jacquerie
00:22:09
Play 07 07 - The Convalescent Jacquerie
00:19:08
Play 08 08 - A Modern Arcadia Jacquerie
00:25:42
Play 09 09 - Hollingsworth, Zenobia, Priscilla Jacquerie
00:27:48
Play 10 10 - A Visitor From Town Jacquerie
00:15:43
Play 11 11 - The Wood-Path Jacquerie
00:19:09
Play 12 12 - Coverdale's Hermitage Jacquerie
00:16:12
Play 13 13 - Zenobia's Legend Jacquerie
00:24:33
Play 14 14 - Eliot's Pulpit Jacquerie
00:24:57
Play 15 15 - A Crisis Jacquerie
00:18:29
Play 16 16 - Leave-Takings Jacquerie
00:17:12
Play 17 17 - The Hotel Jacquerie
00:17:03
Play 18 18 - The Boarding-House Jacquerie
00:14:14
Play 19 19 - Zenobia's Drawing-Room Jacquerie
00:17:50
Play 20 20 - They Vanish Jacquerie
00:11:20
Play 21 21 - An Old Acquaintance Jacquerie
00:16:29
Play 22 22 - Fauntleroy Jacquerie
00:26:48
Play 23 23 - A Village Hall Jacquerie
00:22:41
Play 24 24 - The Masqueraders Jacquerie
00:19:39
Play 25 25 - The Three Together Jacquerie
00:18:28
Play 26 26 - Zenobia and Coverdale Jacquerie
00:15:07
Play 27 27 - Midnight Jacquerie
00:18:23
Play 28 28 - Blithedale Pasture Jacquerie
00:14:48
Play 29 29 - Miles Coverdale's Confession Jacquerie
00:06:56