By Larry J. Reynolds
Nathaniel Hawthorne is still some of the most generally learn and taught of yankee authors. This historic consultant collects a few unique essays by means of Hawthorne students that position the writer in old context. Like different volumes within the sequence, A old advisor to Nathaniel Hawthorne comprises an creation, a short biography, a bibliographical essay, and an illustrated chronology of the author's lifestyles and occasions. Combining cultural feedback with old scholarship, this quantity addresses a variety of issues correct to Hawthorne's paintings, together with his dating to slavery, young children, mesmerism, and the visible arts.
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1855, Centenary 17:304; Nathaniel Hawthorne to James T. Fields, 11 Dec. 1852, Centenary 16:624. 43. Rose Hawthorne Lathrop, Memories of Hawthorne (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1897), p. 422. 44. Centenary 23:416-17. 45. Centenary 14:513. 46. Nathaniel Hawthorne to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 30 Aug. 1854, Centenary 17:250. 47. Nathaniel Hawthorne to James T. Fields, 3 Sept. 1858, Centenary 18:151. 48. The Marble Faun, p. 1195. 49. Nathaniel Hawthorne to William D. Ticknor or James T. Fields, 27 Sept.
When he showed Fields a chapter from his new romance (later called "The Dolliver Romance"), Fields as ever encouraged his friend, sending Hawthorne a selection of possible titles, such as "The Deathless Man," ironically to spur the increasingly frail author onward. But, by the spring of 1864, Hawthorne could not write and scarcely was able to read; he had no appetite, slept little, and his hand shook when he wrote. Finally, when his symptoms seemed mildly better, he took a trip for his health with William Ticknor who, as misfortune would have it, died while the two were in Philadelphia.
Yet, Hawthorne's concern over his income, however justified, was also inspired by paranoia. His dread of the poorhouse masked and fueled an underlying terror that he could no longer write. As it was, he could count his income and assets at more than $20,000 a year. Regardless, Hawthorne moved the family again, to save on rent. He dismissed servants. But his fear of impoverishment inevitably persisted. His temper was short. Hawthorne complained of age and lost physical vitality. His formerly abundant hair was thinner, grayer.
A Historical Guide to Nathaniel Hawthorne (Historical Guides to American Authors) by Larry J. Reynolds