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The Minister’s Black Veil

“The Minister’s Black Veil” is an 1836 short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne.  This story  is set in a colonial New England town and tells the story of the Reverend Mr. Hooper.  One day Mr. Hooper arrives to conduct the Sunday church service wearing a black veil.  The congregation is unnerved by his appearance and becomes more so as he preaches a sermon about secret sins.  Hooper continues to wear the veil, even in death, despite the townspeople’s increasing discomfort with this practice.

Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

  • PS1852-PS1892

LINCCWeb Online Catalog – Search Term

  • Hawthorne, Nathaniel (Subject)

Circulating Books – A Selected List


  • Bunge, Nancy.  Nathaniel Hawthorne: A Study of the Short Fiction. 1993.

                     Call Number:  PS1888 .B8 1993

  • Crews, Frederick.  Sins of the Fathers: Hawthorne’s Psychological Themes. 1989.

                      Call Number:  PS1892 .P74 C74 1989

  •  Hawthorne, Nathaniel.  Young Goodman Brown and Other Tales. 1998.

                       Call Number:  PS1852 .H37 1998

  • Newman, Lea.  Reader’s Guide to the Short Stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne. 1979.

                      Call Number:  PS1888 .N4

  • Swisher, Clarice (Ed.).  Readings on Nathaniel Hawthorne. 1996.

                     Call Number:  PS1888 .R43 1996

  • Wright, Sarah. Nathaniel Hawthorne: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work. 2007.

                     Call Number:  PS1881 .W75 2007

Reference Materials

  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction. Call Number: REF  PN3321 .C7 2001

o   Vol. 3, pgs. 1146-1147

  • Masterplots II: Short Story Series (Revised Edition).Call Number: REF  PN3326 .M27 2004

o   Vol. 5, pgs. 2671-2674

  • Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism.Call Number: REF  PN761.N5

o   Vol. 2, pgs. 291-292, 317, 320, 322, 324, 331

o   Vol. 79, pgs. 288-333

o   Vol. 95, pgs. 105, 140, 148, 187

  • Short Story Criticism. –  Call Number: REF  PN3321 .S5

o   Vol. 3, pgs. 154, 159-160, 164, 171, 177-178, 184, 186-187

o   Vol. 39, pgs. 84-150

o   Vol. 89, pg. 196

  • Short Stories for Students.Call Number: REF  PN3330 .S386

o   Vol. 7, pgs. 200-226


Research Databases

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  • Academic Search Complete
  • Literature Resources from Gale
  • OmniFile Full Text Mega

This Research Guide is designed to help users find information on a particular topic within the Valencia College East Campus Library.  This is by no means a comprehensive list of resources and other resources may be available on this topic.  Please check LINCCWeb, Valencia East’s online catalog, to verify the availability of circulating books within the library.  Feel free to ask a librarian for help if you need further assistance. 

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