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- DescriptionIt is accompanied by thorough explanatory antations and an insightful introduction to the vel and antebellum culture by Robert S. Levine. Contexts brings together a generous selection of primary materials intended to provide readers with background on the vel's central themes. Historical documents include accounts of Salem's history by Thomas Maule, Robert Calef, Joseph B. Felt, and Charles W. Upham, which Hawthorne drew on for The House of the Seven Gables. The importance of the house in antebellum America-as a manifestation of the body, a site of genealogical history, and a symbol of the republic's middle class-is explored through the diverse writings of William Andrus Alcott, Edgar Allan Poe, and J. H. Agnew, among others. The impact of techlogical developments on the vel, especially of daguerreotypy, is considered through the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Gustave de Beaumont, and Alexis de Tocqueville, among others. Also included are two of Hawthorne's literary sketches- Alice Doane's Appeal and The Old Apple Dealer -that demonstrate the continuity of Hawthorne's style, from his earlier periodical writing to his later career as a velist. Criticism provides a comprehensive overview of the critical commentary on the vel from its publication to the present. Among the twenty-seven critics represented are Herman Melville, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry James, Nina Baym, Eric Sundquist, Richard H. Millington, Alan Trachtenberg, Amy Schrager Lang, and Christopher Castiglia. A Chrology and Selected Bibliography are also included.
- Author BiographyRobert S. Levine (Ph.D. Stanford) is Distinguished University Professor of English and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of Conspiracy and Romance: Studies in Brockden Brown, Cooper, Hawthorne, and Melville; Martin Delany, Frederick Douglass, and the Politics of Representative Identity; and Dislocating Race and Nation: Episodes in Nineteenth-Century American Literary Nationalism. He has edited a number of books, including The Cambridge Companion to Herman Melville; Martin R. Delany: A Documentary Reader; Hemispheric American Studies; and a Norton Critical Edition of Hawthorne's The House of the Seven Gables.
- Author(s)Nathaniel Hawthorne
- PublisherWW Norton & Co
- Date of Publication20/09/2005
- SubjectEncyclopedias & General Reference
- Series TitleNorton Critical Editions
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintWW Norton & Co
- Weight490 g
- Width132 mm
- Height213 mm
- Spine28 mm
- Edited byRobert S. Levine
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