Hawthome stands outside this central tradition of realistic fiction.
It's true that he was influenced by the realistic novels of Samuel Richardson and Jane Austen, but other writers and other genres contributed more.
It does away with the fantastic and the supernatural; giants and wizards are banished by middle-class citydwellers and maidservants.
No longer do the plots revolve around dragon-slaying and journeys to the heavenly city; instead, bourgeois heroes and heroines seek inheritances and suitable marriages.
The essays take a variety of critical and theoretical approaches: some ask biographical questions, while others examine Hawthorne's psychology; still others look at his historical and literary contexts.
There are essays on mythology, on politics, and on theology.
They can be found in virtually every library in the English-speaking world.
No responsible survey course on American literature is complete without The Scarlet Letter, no reputable collection of American short stories can omit "The Birth-Mark" or "Rappaccini's Daughter." He stands at the center of nineteenth-century American literature.
Lang -- "The artist of the beautiful" / Richard Harter Fogle -- The logic of compulsion in "Roger Malvin's burial" / Frederick C.
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