The Cambridge Companion to Nathaniel Hawthorne (Cambridge by Richard H. Millington

By Richard H. Millington

The specifically commissioned essays gathered during this quantity determine new parameters for either scholarly and school room dialogue of Hawthorne. This better half offers clean views on Hawthorne's vintage works, and on themes similar to Hawthorne's courting to background, ladies, politics, and early the United States. It brings jointly a group of major overseas students to provide the main accomplished creation on hand to Hawthorne's paintings and lifestyles.

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Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1990), p. 18. 21. Julian Hawthorne, Nathaniel Hawthorne and His Wife: A Biography, 2 vols. (1884; rpt. New York: Archon Books, 1968), i: 186–87. 22. For analyses of the Hawthorne–Emerson relationship, see Gay Wilson Allen, “Emerson and Hawthorne, Neighbors,” Essex Institute Historical Collections 118 (January 1982): 20–30; John McAleer, Ralph Waldo Emerson: Days of Encounter (Boston: Little, Brown, 1984), pp. 392–97, 411–21, and Larry J. Reynolds, “Hawthorne and Emerson in ‘The Old Manse,’ ” Studies in the Novel 23 (Spring 1991): 60–81.

He criticizes it for its muddiness and lethargy, and after bathing one day in Walden Pond, he confesses, “A good deal of mud and river-slime had accumulated on my soul” (viii: 337). He discovers two kinds of water lilies growing in the river, a spotless white one, and a noisome, unclean yellow one, and in his notebook, he associates the first with his wife, the second with himself: “I possess such a human and heavenly lily, and wear it in my bosom. Heaven grant that I myself may not be symbolized by its yellow companion” (viii: 319).

46 Emerson’s belief that chastity and celibacy were needed to establish the highest forms of human relations was shared by many in his circle, but the Hawthornes strongly disagreed. ”48 The most enthusiastic praise of her argument came from Charles Lane, the English Transcendentalist who came to Concord in the fall of 1842, joined Alcott and his family at Fruitlands, almost persuaded the Alcotts to forgo sexual relations, to Mrs. Alcott’s dismay, and later joined the Shakers when Fruitlands failed.

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