by Henry James


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"The first extended study ever made of an American writer. It still remains one of the best."—Edmund Wilson

Originally published in 1879, Henry James's Hawthorne has been out of print for many years. Cornell University Press is proud to make this American classic available again in a new paperback edition.

In this critique of one literary genius by another, James not only considers Hawthorne as a man and a writer, for whom he has a tender, if critical, regard, but he uses his subject as a vantage point from which to present his views on American culture. With his customary urbanity, James assesses the place of the writer in nineteenth-century America, and touches upon the antithetical values of the Old World and the New.

Hawthorne's preoccupation with evil and guilt, his portentous imagination, and his otherworldliness are brought out in the critique of his works, together with James's keen appreciation of Hawthorne's remarkable gifts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9798736784905
Publisher: Independently published
Publication date: 04/14/2021
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.23(d)

About the Author

Dan McCall is Professor of American Studies at Cornell University. He is the author of The Silence of Bartleby, from Cornell.

Date of Birth:

April 15, 1843

Date of Death:

February 28, 1916

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Place of Death:

London, England


Attended school in France and Switzerland; Harvard Law School, 1862-63

Table of Contents

1. Early years; 2. Early manhood; 3. Early writings; 4. Brook Farm and Concord; 5. The three American novels; 6. England and Italy; 7. Last years.

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