The Blithedale Romance
An Authoritative Text, Backgrounds and Sources, Criticism
ISBN10: 0393091503 ISBN13: 9780393091502 Contributors: Gross, Seymour Lee; Murphy, Rosalie Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc Published: Jun 1 1978 Weight: 1.00lbs. Height: 8.50" Width: 5.25" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
The text is that of the Centenary Edition of the Works of NathanielHawthorne produced at the Ohio State University Center for TextualStudies--a critical unmodernized reconstruction--to which the editors ofthis Norton Critical Edition have added extensive annotation. The selection of "Backgrounds and Sources" focuses on Hawthorne's visitto Brook Farm in 1841, as reported in his letters and The AmericanNotebooks, as well as on other experiences and observations which findexpression in the novel. The essays in "Criticism" include fifteen "Contemporary Reviews" thatlocate the problems of the novel pursued by later critics in a moredetailed and sophisticated fashion. "Modern Essays in Criticism" represent the perspec-tives of Irving Howe,Roy R. Male, A. N. Kaul, Leo B. Levy, Hans-Joachim Lang, Philip Rahv,Allan B. Lefcowitz, Barbara F. Lefcowitz, Nina Baym, Hyatt H. Waggoner,Frederick C. Crews, Kelley Griffith, Jr., Louis Auchincloss, James H.Justus, and Kent Bales.