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The Birthmark


Nathaniel Hawthorne’s famous short story, “The Birthmark,” was first published in 1843.  It concerns a scientist, Aylmer, who tries to remove a birthmark from his wife Georgiana’s cheek by way of a potion that he has developed.  The potion removes the mark, but kills Georgiana, as Aylmer cannot accept any blemishes marring his wife’s beauty.



LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms


  • Birthmark  (Title)
  • Hawthorne, Nathaniel  (Subject)



Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves


  • PS1852-PS1892



Circulating Books – A Selected List


  • Bunge, Nancy. Nathaniel Hawthorne: A Study of the Short Fiction. 1993.  
    • Call Number: PS1888 .B8 1993
  • Crews, Frederick. The 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
  • Martin, Terence. Nathaniel Hawthorne (Revised Edition). 1983.
    • Call Number: PS1888 .M34 1983
  • Newman, Lea. A Reader’s Guide to the Short Stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne. 1979. 
    • Call Number: PS1888 .N4
  • Person, Leland. The Cambridge Introduction to Nathaniel Hawthorne. 2007.
    • Call Number: PS1888 .P47 2007



Reference Materials


  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction.Call Number: REF PN3321 .C7 2001
    • Vol. 3, pg. 1148
  • Masterplots II: Short Story Series. Call Number: REF PN3326 .M27 2004
    • Vol. 1, pgs. 358-360
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism.Call Number: REF PN761 .N5
    • Vol. 2, pgs. 311, 319, 322, 324
    • Vol. 23, pg. 218
    • Vol. 79, pg. 308
    • Vol. 95, pgs. 105, 110, 207
  • Short Story Criticism. –  Call Number: REF PN3321 .S5
    • Vol. 3, pgs. 159, 168-170, 178, 183-184, 189-194
    • Vol. 39, pg. 91
    • Vol. 89, pgs. 135-254
    • Vol. 130, pgs. 229, 254



Electronic Research Databases  

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  • Academic Search Complete
  • Literature Resources from Gale



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Revised November 21, 2021

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