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The School of Hawthorne
     

The School of Hawthorne

by Richard H. Brodhead
 

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In this intelligent and sensitive study, Brodhead uses Nathaniel Hawthorne as a prime example of how literary traditions are made, not born. The author shows how writers as varied as Melville, Howells, James, and Faulkner have learned from Hawthorne's model while all the while changing the terms in which he has been read.

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In this intelligent and sensitive study, Brodhead uses Nathaniel Hawthorne as a prime example of how literary traditions are made, not born. The author shows how writers as varied as Melville, Howells, James, and Faulkner have learned from Hawthorne's model while all the while changing the terms in which he has been read.

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"[A] monumental study of literary influence....Lucid and superbly written."—The Henry James Review

"Brodhead...proves here once again that he is a brilliant reader and a brilliant writer. In fact, one is almost inclined to distrust a prose so consistently and simultaneously dense and lucid and so studded with witty and wise phrases and sentences....A joy to read [and] an important and enduring contribution to the study of American literature and culture."—The New England Quarterly

"An excellent and timely book....What Brodhead brings to his discussion is an admirable responsibility to previous scholarship and a freshness of approach informed by his historical grasp of the issues of canonicity."—American Literature

"A sensitive, provocative, and intelligent study which should be required reading for any students of Hawthorne, of nineteenth-century American fiction, or of those elusive entities, literary canons and traditions....Put School of Hawthorne on your bookshelf next to Matthiessen, Levin, and Chase. It belongs there."—Southern Humanities Review

"Brodhead writes beautiful prose, learned and discursive, yet at the same time admirably lucid and crisp. His work makes some indispensable contributions to the understanding of American literary history that ought to be of great importance to anyone seriously concerned with the subject."—Lawrence Buell, Oberlin College

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195060706
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/1989
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.56(d)

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