Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Romance of the Orient


  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Romance of the Orient
  • Luther S. Luedtke
  • English
  • 22 January 2017
  • 0253336139

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Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Romance of the Orient Luedtke has made a seminal contribution to Hawthorne studies American Literature Luedtke s account of Hawthorne s reading is particularly interesting, briskly and ably summarizing the diverse materials which helped shape educated American and English perceptions of the Orient in the early nineteenth century Luedtke has written an able guide to the potential range of such references Times Literary Supplement This is an important piece of scholarship It opens the study of a previously ignored area of interest by a major American author Thomas Woodson The first genuinely original scholarship on Hawthorne s life and work that has appeared in almost a decade Terence Martin extensive cataloging of Hawthorne s reading habits, as documented by records from Salem lending libraries Luedtke s revelation of these works acts as an important corrective to the notion that the brunt of Hawthorne s influences were from English authors Daily Yomiuri, Japan Luedtke s study is an important reorientation of Hawthorne studies Rocky Mountain Review meticulously documented, convincingly articulated book that unequivocally establishes the significance of the Orient in Hawthorne s writing Exxes Institute Historical Collections Luedtke succeeds in building the portrait of Hawthorne The book is a work of painstaking research, patience, and, above all, love It is rich and illuminating, has a formidable range of reference, and establishes convincingly that Hawthorne s imagination and world was larger, richer, and chromatic than we have known The Hindustan Times Luedtke s study valuably surveys Hawthorne s reading in works of travel, history, religion, and literature related to the Orient will be of great interest to scholars of the American Renaissance and will open up new avenues for research on this period s fascination with the East Journal of American History