Aside from his importance as a novelist, Hawthorne is justly celebrated as a short-story writer. He helped to establish the American short story as a significant art form with his haunting tales of human loneliness, frustration, hypocrisy, eccentricity, and frailty. Among his most brilliant stories are "The Minister's Black Veil,""Roger Malvin's Burial,""Young Goodman Brown,""Rappaccini's Daughter,""The Great Stone Face," and "Ethan Brand."
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