The Blithedale Romance (Paperback)

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One of Hawthorne''s great romances, "The Blithedale Romance" draws upon the author''s experiences at Brook Farm, the short-lived utopian community where Hawthorne spent much of 1841. Blithedale ("Happy Valley"), another would-be modern Arcadia, is the stage for Hawthorne''s grimly comic tragedy (Henry James famously called the novel "the lightest, the brightest, the liveliest" of Hawthorne''s "unhumorous fictions"). In his introduction, Robert S. Levine considers bio-graphical and historical contexts and offers a fresh appreciation of the novel''s ironic first-person narrator.

The John Harvard Library edition reproduces the authoritative text of "The Blithedale Romance" in The Centenary Edition of the Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Specifications

Publisher Harvard Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780674050211
SKU 212574030
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0674050215
Release Date 4/1/2010
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.1H x 5.5L x 0.8T
Author Info
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nathaniel Hawthorne lived much of his life in Concord, Massachusetts, where he was briefly at Brook Farm, the experimental transcendental community. One of his ancestors was a judge in the Salem witchcraft trials and became the model for the accursed founder of "The House of the Seven Gables". Hawthorne traveled extensively in Italy and set "The Marble Faun" there. His novels, particularly his most famous work, "The Scarlet Letter", made his reputation, but he is also considered a master of the short-story form.
Praise
"Though not his greatest, THE BLITHEDALE ROMANCE is the most 'actual' of Hawthorne's novels....We enjoy, in the direct way of lively reportage, the details of the farm....We enjoy the romance's images of homely country life undertaken by excessively refined sensibilities....Hawthorne's haunted, twilit imagination never admitted more local American daylight than in THE BLITHEDALE ROMANCE."
From the Publisher
Editors Note One of Hawthorne’s great romances, The Blithedale Romance draws upon the author’s experiences at Brook Farm, the short-lived utopian community where Hawthorne spent much of 1841. Blithedale (“Happy Valley”), another would-be modern Arcadia, is the stage for Hawthorne’s grimly comic tragedy (Henry James famously called the novel “the lightest, the brightest, the liveliest” of Hawthorne’s “unhumorous fictions”). In his introduction, Robert S. Levine considers bio-graphical and historical contexts and offers a fresh appreciation of the novel’s ironic first-person narrator.The John Harvard Library edition reproduces the authoritative text of The Blithedale Romance in The Centenary Edition of the Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0254
Publisher Belknap Press
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