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The Life of the Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Salwak, Dale

The Life of the Author (Series Nr. 1)


1. Edition November 2022
224 Pages, Softcover

ISBN: 978-1-119-77181-4
John Wiley & Sons

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The first major Hawthorne biography to be published in two decades, featuring original scholarship on both unpublished and published sources

The Life of the Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne presents a rich and nuanced portrait of one of America's greatest writers, exploring the thoughts and ideas of a man whose profound insights about the human condition continue to resonate in the modern day. Accessible to those with little knowledge of Hawthorne, this unique volume uses a new biographical approach based on exhaustive primary research that provides readers with a better understanding of the artist and his work.

Author Dale Salwak challenges the presumption that Hawthorne was a reclusive, eccentric, and alienated man whose relevance to modern times is diminishing. Drawing from his forty-five years' experience reading, studying, and teaching Hawthorne, the author reveals a more approachable Hawthorne. In-depth and reflective chapters explore topics such as the circumstances that led Hawthorne to become a writer, the influence of Sophia Hawthorne on her husband's work, the theory of the unfulfilled homoerotic relationship between Hawthorne and Herman Melville, and more.
* Offers a fresh reading of Hawthorne's life and work from birth to death
* Provides new perspectives on Hawthorne and stories surrounding his work
* Draws from a wide variety of sources, including novels, tales, children's books, notebooks, and personal letters to and from Hawthorne
* Suggests new strategies for teaching Hawthorne to today's students
* Includes a detailed index and comprehensive introductory and concluding chapters

Highlighting Hawthorne's special contributions to American literature, The Life of the Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne is essential reading for scholars, lecturers, and college students taking courses including Literary History, American Literature, and History of the Novel as well as anyone interested in biography, literature, and creativity

1 Under the Spell of Hawthorne

2 The Formative Years (1804-1825)

3 Fanshawe: A Tale (1828)

4 The Dark Years (1825-1837)

5 A Voice Refined (1837-1842)

6 The Middle Years (1842-1849)

7 Nathaniel and Sophia (1837-1860)

8 The Scarlet Letter (1850)

9 Hawthorne and Melville (1850-1860)

10 The House of the Seven Gables (1851)

11 The Blithedale Romance (1852)

12 The Marble Faun (1853-1860)

13 The Final Years (1860-1864)
DALE SALWAK is Professor of English and American Literature at Citrus College, California. He is the author of 28 books including Living with a Writer, Teaching Life: Letters from a Life in Literature, Writers and Their Mothers, and studies of Kingsley Amis, John Braine, Philip Larkin, Barbara Pym, and Carl Sandburg, amongst others. He is a frequent contributor to the (London) Times Higher Education magazine and the Times Educational Supplement.