From the November, 2006 issue of Touchstone
The Scarlet Thread by Franklin Freeman

The Scarlet Thread

From Witchery to Sanctity: The Religious Vicissitudes Of the Hawthorne's
by Otto and Katharine Bird
St. Augustine Press, 2005
(164 pages, $24.00, hardcover)

reviewed by Franklin Freeman

The history of the Hawthornes, more than that of most New England families of the period, focuses on religion. It concerns the vicissitudes of the Christian faith as believed, practiced, and lived by succeeding generations of an extraordinary family.” Thus write Otto and Katharine Bird in the prologue to their new book.

The great merit of this book is the importance with which it treats religion—to be expected from Otto Bird, who worked with Mortimer Adler on the Great Books Prog . . .

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