Hawthorne Revisited

Hawthorne Revisited

by David Scribner, Pamela Dalton
     
 
Two hundred years after his birth, Nathaniel Hawthorne remains one of America's most important and influential writers. To celebrate that bicentennial, this new collection gathers essays by novelists, critics, historians, and biographers that explore aspects of Hawthorne's life and work. It is published by the Lenox Library in Lenox, Massachusetts, the Berkshire town

Overview

Two hundred years after his birth, Nathaniel Hawthorne remains one of America's most important and influential writers. To celebrate that bicentennial, this new collection gathers essays by novelists, critics, historians, and biographers that explore aspects of Hawthorne's life and work. It is published by the Lenox Library in Lenox, Massachusetts, the Berkshire town where Hawthorne spent two productive years and where he formed his friendship with Herman Melville.

The writers and subjects here range from Louis Auchincloss and Elizabeth Hardwick on The Scarlet Letter to Paul Auster on Hawthorne's journals and what they reveal about his family life; from Harrison Hayford's previously unpublished exploration of Hawthorne's influence on Melville to Carol Gilligan's experiences adapting Hawthorne's work for the stage; from Wendell Garrett's evocation of nineteenth-century Salem to a sample of Hawthorne's own journalism--"Chiefly About War Matters by a Peaceable Man," written for The Atlantic Monthly in 1862.

Also in these essays, curators of Hawthorne historical sites explore the influence of physical environment on the writer; biographer Brenda Wineapple examines the author's political views, including his controversial disdain of abolitionists; journalist and novelist Tom Wicker offers an appraisal of Hawthorne's skills as a war correspondent; and journalist Neil Hickey considers the author's ongoing cultural influence through film and television adaptations of his work.

The heavily illustrated volume will also feature a range of visual materials, including original, full-page silhouettes in a nineteenth century style by Scherenschnitte (papercutting) artist Pamela Dalton.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"[Hawthorne Revisited] dishes up equal measures of history and criticism, rich, meaty, detailed, provocative and challenging, that any admirer of Hawthorne's will relish for the new insights into the author's life and background or fresh interpretations of his work."--Berkshire Eagle (MA)

"Hawthorne Revisited is an outstanding edition offering superb general reading as well as an invaluable reference and historical material for educators."--The Catholic Observer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584653745
Publisher:
Lenox Library Association
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

DAVID SCRIBNER is editor of the Berkshire Eagle. Designed by JANE MCWHORTER, Project Director and Executive Editor, GORDON HYATT.

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