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Julian Hawthorne (1846-1934), Nathaniel Hawthorne's only son, lived a long and influential life marked by bad circumstances and worse choices. Raised among luminaries such as Thoreau, Emerson, and the Beecher family, Julian became a promising novelist in his twenties, but his writing soon devolved into mediocrity.What talent the young Hawthorne had was spent chasing across the changing literary and publishing landscapes of the period in search of a paycheck, writing everything from potboilers to ad copy. Julian was consistently short of funds because--as biographer Gary Scharnhorst is the first to reveal--he was supporting two households: his wife in one and a longtime mistress in the other.The younger Hawthorne's name and work ethic gave him influence in spite of his haphazard writing. Julian helped to found Cosmopolitan and Collier's Weekly. As a Hearst stringer, he covered some of the era's most important events: McKinley's assassination, the Galveston hurricane, and the Spanish-American War, among others.When Julian died at age 87, he had written millions of words and more than 3,000 pieces, out-publishing his father by a ratio of twenty to one. Gary Scharnhorst, after his own long career including works on Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, and other famous writers, became fascinated by the leaps and falls of Julian Hawthorne. This biography shows why.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Front Matter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Part I: The Heir
  1. I. 1846–64: “I do not at all despair of seeing him grow up a gentleman”
  2. pp. 11-40
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  1. 2. 1864–74: “Julian inherits the princely disposition of his father”
  2. pp. 41-68
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  1. Part II: The Hack
  1. 3. 1874–82: “My reputation is much sounder than my bank account”
  2. pp. 71-98
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  1. 4. 1882–87: “My chief annoyance is that I should have to write in order to live”
  2. pp. 99-122
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  1. 5. 1887–96: “The literary profession is no sinecure”
  2. pp. 123-146
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  1. Part III: The Shadow
  1. 6. 1897–1907: “I did a few things for them and gave them some sage counsel”
  2. pp. 149-182
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  1. 7. 1908–14: “Whatever disgrace attaches to this affair belongs not to me”
  2. pp. 183-200
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  1. 8. 1915–34: “I am an old man and I know the world”
  2. pp. 201-214
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 215-216
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 217-242
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 243-258
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780252096211
Related ISBN
9780252038341
MARC Record
OCLC
874029329
Pages
248
Launched on MUSE
2014-04-22
Language
English
Open Access
No
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