The Cambridge Introduction to Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Cambridge University Press, 2007 M04 5 - 144 pages
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As the author of The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne has been established as a major writer of the nineteenth century and the most prominent chronicler of New England and its colonial history. This introductory book for students coming to Hawthorne for the first time outlines his life and writings in a clear and accessible style. Leland S. Person also explains some of the significant cultural and social movements that influenced Hawthorne's most important writings: Puritanism, Transcendentalism and Feminism. The major works, including The Scarlet Letter, The House of the Seven Gables and The Blithedale Romance, as well as Hawthorne's important short stories and non-fiction, are analysed in detail. The book also includes a brief history and survey of Hawthorne scholarship, with special emphasis on recent studies. Students of nineteenth-century American literature will find this a rewarding and engaging introduction to this remarkable writer.
 

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Contents

Section 1
16
Section 2
20
Section 3
25
Section 4
30
Section 5
33
Section 6
36
Section 7
42
Section 8
44
Section 10
47
Section 11
49
Section 12
50
Section 13
51
Section 14
58
Section 15
66
Section 16
91
Section 17
114

Section 9
45
Section 18
116

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About the author (2007)

Leland S. Person is Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati.

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