Which brings us to his most acclaimed work. The Scarlet Letter , a work rife with moral complexity. The Scarlet Letter was one of the first mass-produced novels in America and became an instant best seller, selling over 2, copies in the first two weeks. It has been praised for its sentimentality and moral purity by the likes of D. Lawrence , who said that there could be no more perfect work of the American imagination. Though Edgar Allan Poe -- a fellow author in the Dark Romantic Movement and influential literary critic -- wrote negative reviews of Hawthorne's stories. Poe did not admire stories that were allegorical and moral in nature so his criticism was in form.
Though even he begrudgingly acknowledged that Hawthorne's style "is like purity itself.
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Now I am going to break from my biographical narrative to add a personal note. After a lifetime of reading, Nathaniel Hawthorne has emerged as one of my absolute favorite authors of all time. If you are not having fun while reading Hawthorne you are doing it wrong! For instance, My Kinsman, Major Molineaux is a comic short story and should be enjoyed as such it does have a "tragic" ending. It's the story of a young "hayseed" on his first visit to the "big city" and he suffers the embarrassments one would expect and few extras thrown in for good measure.
It could inspire a Monty Python skit. I think there is a secret to understanding and appreciating Hawthorne's body of work.
And I will share that with you. Mar 27, Jeff Keehr rated it liked it. I had Phil Young for a number of classes at Penn State in the early s. He was a fine writer and a good teacher. His ideas were out there but he always built a solid case to support them. I think in this book he argued that Hawthorne had an incestuous relationship with his sister, which caused him untold guilt and pain as an adult. Like I said, Young would raise crazy ideas but then he would show you just how he came to his conclusion and by the time he was done, the idea no longer sounded cr I had Phil Young for a number of classes at Penn State in the early s.
Like I said, Young would raise crazy ideas but then he would show you just how he came to his conclusion and by the time he was done, the idea no longer sounded crazy. RIP Phil Young.
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Mar 13, Trish Little rated it liked it. Hawthorne had sex with his sister?! While very interesting, this is a very strange book. I understand that Hawthorne's work makes one think that there must be some dark secret in his life, but why jump to incest? The links that Young makes are very tenuous.
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Godine rated it it was amazing Shelves: new-england. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. About Philip Young. Philip Young.
Philip Young is considered to be the first serious Ernest Hemingway scholar; indeed his scholarship brought him into conflict with Hemingway himself. Hemingway strongly objected to this theory, Philip Young is considered to be the first serious Ernest Hemingway scholar; indeed his scholarship brought him into conflict with Hemingway himself.