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Nathaniel Hawthorne : The Contemporary Reviews - John L. Idol

Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Contemporary Reviews

By: John L. Idol (Editor), Buford Jones (Editor), M. Thomas Inge (Preface by)

Hardcover Published: 29th July 1994
ISBN: 9780521391429
Number Of Pages: 564

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From the self-withdrawn Fanshawe through the posthumously issued Dr Grimshaw's Secret, this compilation of reviews and notices traces Nathaniel Hawthorne's rise from obscurity to world renown as a writer placed in the ranks of Carlyle, Dickens, and Shakespeare. Reviews by Henry Fothergill Chorley, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Margaret Fuller, Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, Edwin Whipple, Henry James, Edith Simcox, William Dean Howells, and many others respond to Hawthorne's tales, romances, notebooks, and fragmentary works in efforts to capture and define the nature of Hawthorne's mind and the quality of his art. The introduction explores the thematic concerns taken up by reviewers, focusing on the elements of Hawthorne's life and art of most interest to his contemporary readers. Several retrospective reviews, one appearing as early as the 1840s, provide thoughtful estimates of Hawthorne's achievement.

Industry Reviews

"All libraries serving serious students of literature should have these volumes." Q. Grigg, Choice "As well as providing a literary resource for scholars, Nathaniel Hawthorne: The contemporary reviews offers important evidence of how Hawthorne achieved his canonical status in American literature." Peter Shaw, Times Literary Supplement "The selections--many of the best from newpapers and probably unknown even to most Hawthorne specialists--are without a doubt worth the high price of admission...The twenty-page introduction is intelligent, and the selections frequently thought-provoking..." Nineteenth-Century Literature "...provides a valuable resource of primary material on a writer who once styled himself the 'obscurest man in American letters.'" Val Gough, Journal of American Studies

Series editor's preface
A note on the selections
Fanshawe (1828)
Tales and sketches in The Token and other annual or periodical publications, 1831-1837
Twice-Told Tales (1837-1838)
The Gentle Boy (1839)
Grandfather's Chair, Famous Old People, and Liberty Tree (1841)
Biographical Stories for Children (1842)
Twice-Told Tales (second edition, 1842)
Mosses from an Old Manse (1846)
The Scarlet Letter (1850)
True Stories from History and Biography (1850)
The House of Seven Gables (1851)
Twice-told Tales (reissue, 1851)
Wonder Book for Girls and Boys (1851)
The Snow Image and Other Twice-Told Tales (1851)
The Blithedale Romance (1852)
Life of Franklin Pierce (1852)
Tanglewood Tales (1853)
Mosses from an Old Manse (reissue, 1854)
The Marble Faun (Transformation in England) (1860)
Our Old Home (1863)
Pansie (1864)
Passages from the American Note-Books of Nathaniel Hawthorne (1868)
Passages from the American Note-Books of Nathaniel Hawthorne (1870)
Passages from the French and Italian Note-Books of Nathaniel Hawthorne (1871)
Septimius Felton; or, The Elixir of Life (1872)
Fanshawe and The Dolliver Romance (1876)
Dr. Grimshaw's Secret (1882); Retrospective and general-assessment essays, 1841-1879
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ISBN: 9780521391429
ISBN-10: 0521391423
Series: American Critical Archives
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 564
Published: 29th July 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.96