Did Thoreau and/or Emerson write novels?
neither Thoreau nor Emerson actually wrote novels proper. Rather they laid the groundwork for a literary output that other authors would be responsible for.
What extract is it from?:
“More misery, Hester!–only the more misery!” answered the clergyman with a bitter smile. “As concerns the good which I may appear to do, I have no faith in it. It must needs be a delusion. What can a ruined soul, like mine, …”
THE SCARLET LETTER – Hawthorne
Describe Melville and Hawthorne’s novels
Melville and Hawthorne both wrote novels that have a symbolic if not allegorical dimension, are concerned with sin and redemption, and whose characters flesh out the conflict between individual aspirations and desires and society.
What extract is it from? :
“A wild, mystical, sympathetical feeling was in me; Ahab’s quenchless feud seemed mine. With greedy ears I learned the history of that murderous monster against whom I and all the others had taken our oaths of violence and revenge.”
Who was Nathaniel Hawthorne?
(1804-1864). Born in Salem, Massachusetts of old Puritan stock.
What did Nathaniel Hawthorne write?
Fanshawe, published anonymously in 1828
various short stories collected for book-publication as Twice-Told Tales in 1837. The Marble Faun (1860).
In 1841 Hawthorne joined Brook Farm community. What was it?
This was a cooperative reform community founded in 1841 by George Ripley and other Transcendentalists on a farm in West Roxbury near Boston. The aim of the society was to purify economic relations by opting out of an increasingly commercial society and work the farm collectively to make a living, spare and simple enough to leave the participants enough time for intellectual pursuits and moral self-improvement. The community proved a failure, however, and disbanded six years later.
Hawthorne ‘s name will forever be associated with a famous novel, which one?
published in 1850, The Scarlet Letter. The story is set in 17th century Boston and deals with the plight of a young woman, Hester Prynne, who is charged with adultery.
What was Hawthorne interested in?
Hawthorne was especially interested in the effect on those who had committed aldultery, but also on a revengeful disposition, and, more generally, on guilt. He thought that men and women were fundamentally tormented beings, doomed to be forever tortured by their various spiritual ailments.
He deeply relied on imagination in building up his plots.
His interest in the supernatural, but also in mesmerism, and the use of a network of symbols and allegories, all defining what he meant by “romance.”
What extract is it from?:
“JUDGE PYNCHEON, while his two relatives have fled away with such ill-considered haste, still sits in the old parlor, keeping house, as the familiar phrase is, in the absence of its ordinary occupants. “
The House of the Seven Gables / Hawthorne
When was Herman Melville born and when did he die?
What did he write?
Moby Dick 1851, Mardi, 1849. The Confidence Man (1857), and Billy Budd. He also turned to verse, writing war poems, notably (Battle Pieces, 1866, inspired by the Civil War).
What is special about “Moby Dick”?
It is impossible to even sum up the scope and meaning of such a novel, one of the longest ever written in American literature. It is both a scientific treatise or primer on whaling and a metaphysical work that is partly predicated on the Transcendentalist belief that apparently obvious, physical phenomena hide complex meanings and a non-physical reality. The book is suffused with Biblical overtones and analogies, archetypes (the sacred quest) and saturated with metaphysical speculations.
The House of the Seven Gables, what is it about?
1851—Hawthorne ( Gothic atmosphere of the novel) probes the issue of ancestral guilt and the way it is visited upon the following generations), a penchant for eerie occurrences, his interest in the supernatural, but also in mesmerism, and the use of a network of symbols and allegories, all defining what he meant by “romance.”