Generally Gothic Book Club Readalong: ‘Rappaccini’s Daughter’

“๐•ฒ๐–Ž๐–”๐–›๐–†๐–“๐–“๐–Ž ๐–˜๐–™๐–Ž๐–‘๐–‘ ๐–‹๐–”๐–š๐–“๐–‰ ๐–“๐–” ๐–‡๐–Š๐–™๐–™๐–Š๐–— ๐–”๐–ˆ๐–ˆ๐–š๐–•๐–†๐–™๐–Ž๐–”๐–“ ๐–™๐–๐–†๐–“ ๐–™๐–” ๐–‘๐–”๐–”๐– ๐–‰๐–”๐–œ๐–“ ๐–Ž๐–“๐–™๐–” ๐–™๐–๐–Š ๐–Œ๐–†๐–—๐–‰๐–Š๐–“ ๐–‡๐–Š๐–“๐–Š๐–†๐–™๐– ๐–๐–Ž๐–˜ ๐–œ๐–Ž๐–“๐–‰๐–”๐–œ.”

This week, I will be reading the short story, RAPPACCINI’S DAUGHTER, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and you are invited to read with me.

Born in Salem, Massachusetts with direct connections to the historic American witch trials, Hawthorne is famously the author of The Scarlet Letter (1850), but his gothic novel, The House with the Seven Gables (1851), is what I adore him for.

For this readalong I have picked something short (though less so than last week), available to read free online, and that I’ve never read before either, so we can experience it together!

I plan to share an Instagram post on Monday (a week today) to serve as a discussion space & will try to write a full blog post here too, but please give me feedback – what do you want more or less of this time around?

Having read just a short, spoiler-free blurb of the story this image captures my first impressionsโ€ฆ
If you fancy it, you could share your first impression before reading and another showing how that image changed, or didn’t, on finishing the story. If you want to share your own IG posts, please tag @generallygothic & #generallygothicbookclub so I don’t miss anything.

I will be reading with my ๐Ÿฆ‡Nature is Gothic๐Ÿฆ‡ theme in mind, but I loved seeing all of your different opinions, theories, approaches, & responses naturally occur.

All are welcome to read along and get involved in any way you like!

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