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Form and fable in American fiction.

Author: Daniel Hoffman
Publisher: New York, Oxford University Press, 1961.
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This is an analysis of the elements of myth, ritual, and folklore to be found in the writings of Hawthorne, Melville, Twain, Irving, and other American authors.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Folklore
History
Named Person: Nathaniel Hawthorne; Herman Melville; Mark Twain; Hawthorne; Melville; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Herman Melville; Mark Twain
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Hoffman
OCLC Number: 193875
Description: 368 pages 21 cm
Contents: 1. Fable as reality: Predilections: romance, folklore, myth --
Longbows, wonders, and witchcrafts --
The American hero: his masquerade --
Prefigurations: "The legend of Sleepy Hollow" --
2. Hawthorne: Folklore and the moral picturesque --
Yankee bumpkin and scapegoat king --
"The Maypole of Merry Mount" and the folklore of love --
Just married! -in the village of witches --
Hester's double providence: The scarlet letter and the green --
Paradise regained at Maule's well --
The Blithedale romance: May-day in a cold Arcadia --
3. Melville: Loomings --
Myth, magic, and metaphor in Moby-Dick --
The confidence-man: his masquerade --
4. Mark Twain: Black magic -and white -in Huckleberry Finn --
Huckleberry Finn: his masquerade --
Retrospect: Reality as fable.

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This is an analysis of the elements of myth, ritual, and folklore to be found in the writings of Hawthorne, Melville, Twain, Irving, and other American authors.

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