Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments, Dedication

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pp. i-viii

Contents

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pp. ix-xii

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Introduction

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pp. 1-8

In the final paragraphs of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Artist of the Beautiful," emblems of three different theories of artistic creation are brought together: a mechanical butterfly, fashioned by a clockmaker to be so...

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1. "The Mind Falling Back Upon Itself": Hawthorne's Tales

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pp. 9-45

Much of the unresolved debate about Hawthorne's artistic convictions results from the failure of criticism to go beyond generalizations in commenting on that essential organicism, the grand myth that shaped his work-the...

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2. "To Step Aside Out of the Narrow Circle": "The Custom-House" and The Scarlet Letter

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pp. 46-66

By 1850 when the most famous of his novels appeared, Hawthorne had already published the major tales, establishing the internal journey and characterizing the artist as one whose imagination hinders him from completing...

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3. "The Sun, As You See, Tells Quite Another Story": The House of the Seven Gables

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pp. 67-82

By the time of the writing of "The Custom-House," Hawthorne had begun to reposition art in relation to the regenerative descent. Although he thought inspiration might still occur in a mystical, isolated realm, it is...

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4. "Shapes That Often Mirror Falsehood, But Sometimes Truth": The Blithedale Romance

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pp. 83-102

In The Blithedale Romance, Hawthorne directly attacked the romantic tendency to foster artist-centered art. His portrait of Coverdale is another pronouncement that art does not result from sustained inwardness. The...

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5. "There Was Something Dearer To Him Than His Art": The Marble Faun

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pp. 103-123

Hawthorne was to wait eight years before the production of his next and last major work. The Marble Faun, published in 1860-with the Civil War looming, the years of slim literary production during Hawthorne's...

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Conclusion

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pp. 124-130

It is impossible to declare that Hawthorne was ever able to quiet the psychological conflict between his moral convictions and his art. Nor did the philosophical resolution of a troubling puzzle render him immune from the...

Notes

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pp. 131-139

Bibliography

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pp. 140-152

Index

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pp. 153-158