Archives for October 2015

Bowdoin Honors Students on Sarah and James Bowdoin Day

Bowdoin celebrated its highest ranking students at the College’s annual Sarah and James Bowdoin Day on Friday, October 30, 2015. President Clayton Rose, in his welcome address, pointed out that the accolades offered to students on this day are not earned easily. “Ours is a rigorous academic program with standards of excellence that are challenging and with expectations by faculty that are high,” he said. “The level of accomplishment and the outstanding achievement demonstrated by our students today require intense focus, a deep pride in one’s work, and a passion for learning.” Read more.

A Hawthorne Halloween with ‘The Ambitious Guest,’ the Author’s Scariest Story (Paris Review)

Nathaniel Hawthorne, of the Class of 1825.

Nathaniel Hawthorne, of the Class of 1825.

At face value, The Ambitious Guest by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is about a nice family who opens their house to a tired traveler. The narrative is intentionally deceptive, says Dan Piepenbring in The Paris Review. 

“To read Guest is to watch Hawthorne play a very wanton God: he creates a cast of characters with only the mildest of imperfections and then, just as we’re settling in, he (we wouldn’t want to ruin it for you)”  Read the article here.

Hawthorne, a member of the Class of 1825, would go on to become one of America’s most illustrious novelists and short story writers, publishing many classics, including The Scarlet Letter and The House of Seven Gables.