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Most students of American literature probably can recall the playful French nom de plume—Monsieur de l’Aubépine—that Nathaniel Hawthorne occasionally employed to disguise some of his early attempts at authorship. But very few will know that Monsieur de l’Aubépine enjoyed a surprisingly intelligent critical reception in France during his lifetime. No fewer than six—often startling—essays about the American author appeared in leading French periodicals from 1852 to 1864. The French Face of Nathaniel Hawthorne, edited by Michael Anesko and N. Christine Brookes, recuperates these lost (or forgotten) critical assessments, making available to English readers for the first time the full texts of these extraordinary contemporaneous French critical essays. Besides offering elegantly rendered (and helpfully annotated) translations of the essays, Anesko and Brookes analyze them in relation to their immediate historical context and examine their unexpected relevance to later critical trends and arguments.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. 1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-10
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Editorial Note
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Part 1: Historical Introduction
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. I. The Problem of Recovery
  2. pp. 3-6
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  1. II. The Critical Foreground
  2. pp. 7-12
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  1. III. The Critics: A Biographical Overview
  2. pp. 13-20
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  1. IV. The French Face(s) of Nathaniel Hawthorne
  2. pp. 21-70
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  1. V. The Critical Legacy
  2. pp. 71-96
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  1. Part 2: Transatlantic Reflections: The French Reception of Nathaniel Hawthorne
  2. pp. 97-98
  1. VI. Paul Émile-Daurand Forgues: “American Poets and Novelists: Nathaniel Hawthorne” (1852)
  2. pp. 99-128
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  1. VII. Émile Montégut: “A Socialist Novel in America” (1852)
  2. pp. 129-163
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  1. VIII. Louis Étienne: “American Storytellers: Nathaniel Hawthorne” (1857)
  2. pp. 164-195
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  1. IX. Émile Montégut: “A Pessimistic Novelist in America” (1860)
  2. pp. 196-231
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  1. X. Louis Étienne: “The Transcendentalist Novel in America” (1860)
  2. pp. 232-255
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  1. XI. Émile Montégut: “Nathaniel Hawthorne” (1864)
  2. pp. 256-290
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  1. Biographical Register
  2. pp. 291-294
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 295-302
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 303-310
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814270844
Related ISBN
9780814211434
MARC Record
OCLC
868220249
Pages
352
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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