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The way we were: the supernatural and the uncanny

Extracts from memoirs and diaries

By Ian Irvine   November 2018

Nathaniel Hawthorne looking like he's just seen a ghost. Photo: Wikipedia

1840: The writer Nathaniel Hawthorne, living in Boston, recalls The Reverend Doctor Harris:

“His especial haunt was the Athenaeum. There I used to see him daily, and almost always with a newspaper, the Boston Post. There he sat day after day, by the fireside; and, by degrees, seeing him so constantly, I began to look towards him as I entered the reading-room.

One day especially I am perfectly certain that I had seen him. But, that evening, a…

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