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julian hawthorne julian hawthorne The Life of a Prodigal Son gary scharnhorst university of illinois press Urbana, Chicago, and Springfield © 2014 by Gary Scharnhorst All rights reserved Manufactured in the United States of America c 5 4 3 2 1 ∞ This book is printed on acid-free paper. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Scharnhorst, Gary. Julian Hawthorne : the life of a prodigal son / Gary Scharnhorst. pages cm isbn 978-0-252-03834-1 (hardback) — isbn 978-0-252-09621-1 (e-book) 1. Hawthorne, Julian, 1846–1934. 2. Authors, American—19th century—Biography. 3. Authors, American—20th century—Biography. 4. Fathers and sons—United States— History—19th century. 5. Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804–1864—Family. I. Title. ps1848.s33  2014 813'.4—dc23  2013040305 [B] Again for Sandy “Wheresoever she was, there was Eden.” Of the romancers of the period the leader for a time unquestionably was Julian Hawthorne, only son of the greatest of American romancers. In his earlier days he devoted himself to themes worthy of the Hawthorne name and treated them in what fairly may be called the Hawthorne manner. His novels . . . were hailed everywhere as remarkably promising work and there were many who predicted for him a place second only to his father’s. But the man lacked seriousness, conscience, depth of life, knowledge of the human heart. After a short period of worthy endeavor he turned to the sensational and the trivial, and became a yellow journalist. No literary career so promising has ever failed more dismally. — Fred Lewis Pattee, A History of American Literature since 1870 (1915) ...


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