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Hawthorne Melville and the American Character : A Looking-Glass Business - John P. McWilliams, Jr.

Hawthorne Melville and the American Character

A Looking-Glass Business


Published: 19th May 1986
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This book considers the portrayal of the American national character in the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville. It examines Hawthorne's abiding concern with the development of New England from colony to province to republic, and analyses Melville's changing evocation of 'the new American', and the difficulties he faced in sustaining his heady nationalistic faith.

Introduction: tomorrow's American
John Endicott and the fictions of oratory
Narrower souls
The Puritan revolution of 1755
A diminished thing
Broken lines
Distrust in confidence
Mirror men
Confidence in distrust
True bridge of sighs
Conclusion: floating at will
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ISBN: 9780521311465
ISBN-10: 0521311462
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 19th May 1986
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.41