The School of Hawthorne by Richard H. Brodhead

The School of Hawthorne

byRichard H. Brodhead

Paperback | February 22, 1990

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In The School of Hawthorne, Brodhead uses Hawthorne as a prime example of how literary traditions are made, not born. Under Brodhead's scrutiny, the Hawthorne tradition opens out onto a wide array of subjects, many of which have received little previous attention. He offers a detailed accountof Hawthorne's life in American letters, showing how authors as varied as Melville, Howells, James, and Faulkner have learned from Hawthorne's model while all the while changing the terms in which he has been read. As he traces Hawthorne's continued life among his heirs, Brodhead also reflects onthe ways in which writers receive and resist official tradition, how their work is conditioned by the institutionalized pasts that surround them, and how they go about creating new traditions to counter existing ones. An important contribution to literary history, The School of Hawthorne alsoestablishes new ways in which literary history itself can be understood.

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Richard H. Brodhead is at Yale University.
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Title:The School of HawthorneFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.17 × 6.14 × 0.55 inPublished:February 22, 1990Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195060709

ISBN - 13:9780195060706

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"This is an extraordinary book -- original, insightful, superbly written, and absolutely convincing. It ranks with the very best books I've ever read on American literature and culture....Like Hawthorne, Brodhead's wonderful book is one we will want to return to again and again."--Studies inShort Fiction