You are listening to episode 118 of Saturday Show Literary Podcast. My name is Frank Marcopolos of http://frankmarcopolos.com and http://youtube.com/brooklynfrank. This episode will be a performance of Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne. According to Wikipedia, the story, published in 1835, takes place in 17th century Puritan New England, a common setting for Hawthorne’s works, and addresses the Calvinist/Puritan belief that all of humanity exists in a state of depravity, but that God has destined some to unconditional election through unmerited grace. Hawthorne frequently focuses on the tensions within Puritan culture, yet steeps his stories in the Puritan sense of sin. In a symbolic fashion, the story follows Young Goodman Brown’s journey into self-scrutiny.

Please enjoy Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne….

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Frank Marcopolos lives in Austin, Texas. Hiding from the ever-present Texas sun because of a well-founded fear of skin cancer, he writes short stories and novels that have been praised by some readers, while others have been, like, "Meh." He also produces free audiobooks of public domain works on his YouTube channel. You can subscribe to that here: http://youtube.com/brooklynfrank