The Beautiful

Adapted and deconstructed from Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Artist of the Beautiful"

by Jonathon Ward

In 1845, Owen visits Annie, who he knew and loved when he was a clockmaker’s apprentice to her father. He urges her to run away to Paris with him to discover the beauty she has hidden within herself because of her marriage to the town's blacksmith. Can she accept the gift of freedom he offers without redefining her life completely?

Sophia and Nathaniel Hawthorne lived and loved a literary life which was reflected in his stories, but what about hers?

This adaptation and deconstruction of Nathaniel Hawthorne's story has his characters' coming to life and finding their future challenged by the clockmaker's apprentice who becomes an artist and the blacksmith's wife who runs away to become a poet.