This book offers the first in-depth examination of the friendship between the authors. Hawthorne’s influence upon Moby-Dick is weighed, as is the probability of Melville’s influence upon Hawthorne. This was a friendship whose true basisbeyond an almost instantaneous mutual affinity and admiration for each otherwas intellectual ideas and literary pursuits, and the conversations between the two hewed mostly to philosophical and spiritual rumination as well as to those matters that concern writers most: craft and publishing.
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About the Author
Erik Hage is an author, critic, and cultural reporter from upstate New York, where he is an associate professor of journalism, Communication, and English at the State University of New York at Cobleskill.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments 1
1 Friendship; or, The Ambiguities 7
2 The Freshness of Primeval Nature: Monument Mountain and the Mosses 44
3 Loomings; or, Early Lives of the Authors 77
4 Annus Mirabilis; or, The Haunted Mind and the Whale 108
5 Monody 168
Chapter Notes 189