Four members of a nineteenth-century utopian commune find themselves emotionally involved in ways they could not have predicted.
Hawthorne's portrait of a utopian community whose collective ideals increasingly clash with the passions of individual members is based on his own experiences at Brook Farm. The novel tackles many of the burning issues of his day, including women's rights, spiritualism, and socialism. In spite of its seriousness, Henry James called it "the lightest, the brightest, the liveliest of Nathaniel Hawthorne's novels."
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
Subgenre: General, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Conflicts + Dualities, Settings, Classics