By Larry J. Reynolds

ISBN-10: 0195124138

ISBN-13: 9780195124132

Nathaniel Hawthorne continues to be some of the most broadly learn and taught of yank authors. This ancient advisor collects a few unique essays via Hawthorne students that position the writer in ancient context. Like different volumes within the sequence, A ancient advisor to Nathaniel Hawthorne comprises an advent, a short biography, a bibliographical essay, and an illustrated chronology of the author's lifestyles and instances. Combining cultural feedback with old scholarship, this quantity addresses quite a lot of subject matters proper to Hawthorne's paintings, together with his courting to slavery, teenagers, mesmerism, and the visible arts.

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That afternoon, one could glimpse him walking slowly on the hill to the rear of the house, hands clasped behind his back, head sunk on his chest. He managed to finish the biography and then left home for three weeks, to recover in Maine and on the Isle of Shoals, where he visited with Pierce. Hawthorne's friendship with Pierce seems an unlikely pairing, and by and large, it has gone unremarked. The author who by now was renowned in America and abroad, who more or less kept to himself, and who cultivated the roman- 36 Nathaniel Hawthorne tic image of shy recluse found in the unimpressive politician from New Hampshire the companionship and rectitude he questioned in other men and women.

Soon after they met, Hawthorne and Elizabeth Peabody were often seeing one another and frequently corresponding, with Peabody urging him to collect more of his tales in a second volume. She also encouraged his historical writing for children (Grandfather's Chair, Famous Old People, Liberty Tree, and Biographical Stories) and helped secure him, in early 1839, a post as weigher and gauger at the Boston Custom House—perhaps to spring Hawthorne from Salem and his proximity to her youngest sister, Sophia, with whom he had fallen in love.

All women, as authors, are feeble and tiresome," he wrote his publisher, William D. Ticknor, in a fit of cruel pique. "42 Later, when Fields naively suggested that Sophia write travel essays for his magazine, the Atlantic Monthly, Hawthorne was furious. When his youngest daughter began to write tales, he stood over the girl, "dark as a prophetic flight of birds," she recalled. 43 Nevertheless, Hawthorne wrote compellingly of a feminism 34 Nathaniel Hawthorne that attracted and repelled him. And in the fate of Hester or Zenobia, we can read the components of Hawthorne's life: his preoccupation with women, women's bodies, women's writing; with reform and reformers; with transcendentalism and its costs; and with being the good husband and responsible neighbor no one really knew, the man who watchfully brooded over the ambiguous meaning of experience.

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