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Salem Is My Dwelling Place: A Life of Nathaniel Hawthorne
Salem Is My Dwelling Place A Life of Nathaniel Hawthorne
Author: Edwin Haviland Miller
ISBN-13: 9780877453819
ISBN-10: 0877453810
Publication Date: 11/4/1992
Pages: 648
Edition: Reprint
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Publisher: University Of Iowa Press
Book Type: Paperback
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Psychologically probing (but free of all jargon), Miller's elegantly written study gives us a fresh, sympathetic picture of an immensely complex, repressed man. Hawthorne's fiction (especially the four completed novels) is tantalizingly veiled autobiography in which he reveals, among other things, his love-hate relationship with his stern Salem ancestors and his abiding sense of having been early abandoned by his father, who died at sea. Recognizing that Hawthorne's fiction revolves around family, Miller explores (with brilliant results) what lay below the surface of Hawthorne's apparently idyllic relationship with his wife Sophia, his mother, and his contemporary, Melville. This is a masterful work, wholly satisfying.