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HAWTHORNE AND THE REAL BICENTENNIAL ESSAYS

BELL, MILLICENT

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ISBN 10: 0814209866 / ISBN 13: 9780814209868
Published by Ohio State University Press, 2005
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Title: HAWTHORNE AND THE REAL BICENTENNIAL ESSAYS

Publisher: Ohio State University Press

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket As Issued

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"In this collection commemorating the bicentennial of Hawthorne's birth in 1804, Millicent Bell gathers essays by distinguished scholars and critics that examine the ways in which Hawthorne related himself to the "real" in his own world and expressed that relation in his writing. Radically revising the older view that he was detached from conditions of actual life in 19th-century American society, the authors undertake to show how current social conditions, current events and political movements taking place at a crucial point in American history were an evident part of Hawthorne's consciousness. The essays situate his imaginative writings in a contemporary context of common experience and rediscover a Hawthorne alert to pressing problems of his day, especially slavery, feminism, and reform in general - the very issues that motivated his contemporaries on the eve of the Civil War. Hawthorne was, with his own complicity, long described as a writer of unreal romances (as he preferred to call his novels) or "allegories of the heart" as he termed some of his short stories. The essays in this collection contribute to the turn in recent Hawthorne criticism which shows how deeply implicated in realism his writing was."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Henry James (1843a1916) wrote more than twenty novels, including "The Portrait of a Lady, The Turn of the Screw," and "The Golden Bowl," Philip Horne, series editor, is a professor of English at University College London. Adrian Poole is a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. Andrew Taylor is a lecturer in English at the University of Edinburgh. Millicent Bell is an emerita professor of English at Boston University.

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