By Larry J. Reynolds

ISBN-10: 0195124138

ISBN-13: 9780195124132

Nathaniel Hawthorne is still probably the most extensively learn and taught of yankee authors. This historic consultant collects a few unique essays via Hawthorne students that position the writer in ancient context. Like different volumes within the sequence, A historic consultant to Nathaniel Hawthorne contains an advent, a short biography, a bibliographical essay, and an illustrated chronology of the author's existence and instances. Combining cultural feedback with ancient scholarship, this quantity addresses a variety of themes appropriate to Hawthorne's paintings, together with his courting to slavery, little ones, mesmerism, and the visible arts.

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His tower, for instance, was a last, desperate effort to rise above whatever had fatally stalled his writing. Nothing happened. Hawthorne could not work. The room was too hot in summer, too cold in the winter. 53 The man who wrote compellingly of a sense of place could find none for himself. Sitting in his study, curtains drawn, he sketched the abortive romance he was never to finish. "54 Furtive, out of place, afraid he was a fraud, Hawthorne anguished in the intellectual company to which he aspired.

When the well-loved hostess Annie Fields (wife of Hawthorne's publisher) one day lifted her hand to brush the dust from Hawthorne's greatcoat, he flinched as though struck. He said he did not like his coat brushed, lest the material too quickly wear out. Hawthorne's friends, already confused or disappointed by his indifference to their cause, his position on abolition, and his putative sympathy for the South, could not understand why he would dedicate his collected reminiscences of England, Our Old Home, to Franklin Pierce.

56 Hawthorne complained more than ever of his health. When he showed Fields a chapter from his new romance (later called "The Dolliver Romance"), Fields as ever encouraged his friend, sending Hawthorne a selection of possible titles, such as "The Deathless Man," ironically to spur the increasingly frail author onward. But, by the spring of 1864, Hawthorne could not write and scarcely was able to read; he had no appetite, slept little, and his hand shook when he wrote. Finally, when his symptoms seemed mildly better, he took a trip for his health with William Ticknor who, as misfortune would have it, died while the two were in Philadelphia.

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