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Hawthornes Habitations

Robert Milder

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ISBN : 9780199917259
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336 pages
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The first literary/biographical study of Hawthornes full career in almost forty years, Hawthornes Habitations presents a self-divided man and writer strongly attracted to reality for its own sake and remarkably adept at rendering it yet fearful ofMoreThe first literary/biographical study of Hawthornes full career in almost forty years, Hawthornes Habitations presents a self-divided man and writer strongly attracted to reality for its own sake and remarkably adept at rendering it yet fearful of the nothingness he intuited at its heart.Making extensive use of Hawthornes notebooks and letters as well as nearly all of his important fiction, Robert Milders superb intellectual biography distinguishes between two Hawthornes, then maps them onto the physical and cultural locales that were formative for Hawthornes character and work: Salem, Massachusetts, Hawthornes ancestral home and ingrained point of reference- Concord, Massachusetts, where came into contact with Emerson, Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller and absorbed the Adamic spirit of the American Renaissance- England, where he served for five years as consul in Liverpool, incorporating an element of Englishness- and Italy, where he found himself, like Henry Jamess expatriate Americans, confronted by an older, denser civilization morally and culturally at variance with his own.