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Salem Is My Dwelling Place: A Life Of Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Traces the life of the nineteenth-century New England novelist, examines each of his major works, and describes the social and political background of the period.
Paperback, 648 pages
Published November 4th 1992 by University Of Iowa Press (first published October 1st 1989)
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Edward
Dec 16, 2012 Edward rated it really liked it
Hawthorne is a tough person to write an interesting biography about, as his exterior life was pretty uneventful. Born in l804 he spent most of his life in New England as a semi-recluse and on the surface, nothing much happened.. He lived with his mother and sister until he was nearly 40, then tore himself away from them with great difficulty, even though he didn’t move very far away. He had three children, a very conventional marriage, struggled financially, traveled briefly, and died at the age ...more
Christopher Sutch
Oct 27, 2010 Christopher Sutch rated it it was amazing
A thorough, well-researched life of Hawthorne, with some excellent readings of most of his texts. I found the early part of Hawthorne's life fascinating to read about, but was truly sorry to read of his later souring and his indefensible position on the Civil War. I've always through that "Young Goodman Brown" was a critique of the Pilgrim's views on original sin, but it seems he may have fallen into Brown's error himself. The story of his wife, Sophie, is also touching and sad. Very enjoyable a ...more
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Nov 16, 2013 John rated it really liked it
After p. 145

At this point Miller's narrative of Hawthorne's life brings his subject into his thirty-fifth year. I find it all terribly confusing - and highly annoying. As far as I can tell, Miller has no idea how to account for his subject's most peculiar development. I won't belabor the point, but I will illustrate it in one example.

Miller - and others - have read Hawthorne's early tales biographically, and with good reason. Hawthorne, who stated on more than one occasion that those who seek hi
...more
Tom
Feb 12, 2012 Tom rated it really liked it
Academic and dense, but IMMENSELY helpful in my research! Detailed, comprehensive biography with loads of direct quotes and letters.
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Apr 24, 2008 Gabriela rated it really liked it
I argue that this is the best Hawthorne Bio.
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Edwin Haviland Miller was professor of English emeritus at New York University and editor of the six-volume Correspondence of Walt Whitman. Author of Salem Is My Dwelling Place: A Life of Nathaniel Hawthorne (Iowa), he also wrote a biography of Herman Melville and books and articles about other nineteenth-century American authors.
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