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Nathaniel Hawthorne : a study of the short fiction

Author: Nancy L Bunge
Publisher: New York : Twayne Publishers ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, ©1993.
Series: Twayne's studies in short fiction, no. 41.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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One of the first American short story writers, Nathaniel Hawthorne is also among the finest. A sampling of his stories reads like an anthology of great literature: My Kinsman, Major Molineux; The Celestial Railroad; The Minister's Black Veil; The Maypole of Merry Mount; The Birthmark. Common to all Hawthorne's work is an intellectual, emotional, and psychological richness that may well remain unparalleled in fiction  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Short stories
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Bunge, Nancy L.
Nathaniel Hawthorne.
New York : Twayne Publishers ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, ©1993
(OCoLC)608662277
Online version:
Bunge, Nancy L.
Nathaniel Hawthorne.
New York : Twayne Publishers ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, ©1993
(OCoLC)622664827
Named Person: Nathaniel Hawthorne; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Nathaniel Hawthorne
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy L Bunge
ISBN: 0805708529 9780805708523
OCLC Number: 26931576
Description: xi, 167 pages : portrait ; 23 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. The Short Fiction --
Isolation and community --
Artists and scientists --
Perspective, humility, and joy --
pt. 2. The Writer --
The Prefaces --
Principles and procedures --
The Struggle to write and live --
pt. 3. The Critics --
Herman Melville --
Edgar Allan Poe --
Henry James --
Richard Harter Fogle --
Nina Baym --
Michael J. Colacuricio --
Gloria Ehrlich --
Chronology.
Series Title: Twayne's studies in short fiction, no. 41.
Responsibility: Nancy Bunge.

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One of the first American short story writers, Nathaniel Hawthorne is also among the finest. A sampling of his stories reads like an anthology of great literature: My Kinsman, Major Molineux; The Celestial Railroad; The Minister's Black Veil; The Maypole of Merry Mount; The Birthmark. Common to all Hawthorne's work is an intellectual, emotional, and psychological richness that may well remain unparalleled in fiction today. Indeed, as scholars learn more about history, literature, sociology, and psychology, the more they unlock secrets in Hawthorne's work. Few writers, of any generation, genre, or language have shared - or even approached - Hawthorne's lucid vision of the mind's hidden landscape. More remarkable, perhaps, was the compassion he felt for his subjects, while exploring their sin, guilt, cruelty, and arrogance. Human beings, he felt, can afford to face their flaws because they have the capacity to grow beyond them. Even his peers acknowledged his place in literary history: D.H. Lawrence called Hawthorne "the American wonder-child with his magical, allegorical insight"; Henry James wrote an entire book of criticism about him; and Herman Melville, in deference to Hawthorne's "great power of blackness," dedicated Moby Dick to his friend and neighbor. Nancy Bunge investigates the whole of Hawthorne's short fiction canon, including a number of the less celebrated stories. Her specific and detailed analyses include fresh commentaries on Hawthorne's lush and demanding fiction, including observations afforded by the moral, social, and historical interpretations of the stories. Many of her theories are not found in the extant body of criticism, and still others take the general patterns of critical interpretation to new levels. Bunge's thorough inspection also sheds light on the relation of the fiction to Hawthorne's own biography, including his Puritan roots.

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