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Hawthorne's Habitations: A Literary Life

Robert Milder


This book presents a literary/biographical study of Nathaniel Hawthorne's full career. It presents a self-divided man and writer strongly attracted to reality for its own sake and remarkably adept at rendering it yet fearful of the nothingness he intuited at its heart. Making use of Hawthorne’s notebooks and letters as well as nearly all of his important fiction, this biography distinguishes between “two Hawthornes,” then maps them onto the physical and cultural locales that were formative for Hawthorne’s character and work: Salem, Massachusetts, Hawthorne’s ancestral home and ingrained point ... More

Keywords: fiction, biography, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Salem, Massachusetts, Concord, American Renaissance, Henry James, Englishness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199917259
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199917259.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Milder, author
Washington University, Professor of English