The Arbiters of Reality: Hawthorne, Melville, and the Rise of Mass Information Culture

The Arbiters of Reality: Hawthorne, Melville, and the Rise of Mass Information Culture

by Peter West

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ISBN-13: 9780814252482
Publisher: Ohio State University Press
Publication date: 05/29/2015
Edition description: 1
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: (w) x (h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author


Peter West is assistant professor of English at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York.

Table of Contents

List Of Illustrations vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Forever Stained with Blood, Blood, Blood!: Murder and Mass Journalism in Hawthorne's Salem 23

Chapter 2 The Journalistic Origins of Romance 42

Chapter 3 Hawthorne's City of Refuge 69

Chapter 4 "In This World of Lies": Zachary Taylor and the American Telegraph in Melville's New York 95

Chapter 5 The Island Telegraph: Information Culture and the Melvillean Self in Typee 129

Chapter 6 "Benito Cereno" and the Blunt-Thinking American 151

Coda 181

Notes 187

Bibliography 213

Index 225

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