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Fictions of the Past: Hawthorne and Melville


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This work explores the relationship between history and fiction in the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville. As Alide Cagidemetrio shows, both writers were preoccupied with a past - a preoccupation whose antecedents could be traced to the novels of Walter Scott. Yet they departed from established tradition in significant ways. Unlike their literary predecessors, who sought historical authenticity in the representation of past events, Hawthorne and Melville upheld a new idea of history, one based on the relevance ...

Fictions of the Past: Hawthorne and Melville 1993, University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst

ISBN-13: 9780870238611

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