Tag Archives: Anthony Trollope

vulnerabilities

it is not hard to be convinced that Nathaniel Hawthorne was born to write in the manner of Dickens and Balzac. In The Blithedale Romance he did. There are gothic furbelows attached to the novel, also-spook stuff and mystifications to … Continue reading

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something sad, terrific

Nathaniel Hawthorne was ten years away from Brook Farm, the socialist, utopian project, before he wrote the book The Blithedale Romance, from his observations there. By then, the success of The Scarlet Letter had justified his habit of looking at … Continue reading

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scarlet fever of moral torment

Yet for all its gloom and whisper of abominations, The Scarlet letter is among those great tales in which the spectrum of meanings runs unbroken from the clearest daylight into vibrations beyond either visions or rational interpretation. Those who wish … Continue reading

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lust in the shadows behind her: eternal remorse

D.H. Lawrence once described Nathaniel Hawthorne as the man that “knew disagreeable things in his inner soul.” But does it really matter if he gave us The Scarlet Letter? … What gives The Scarlet Letter its bite and terror is … Continue reading

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matters of taste and waste

Artistic dependency on money? Art as a cash crop, growing money and not the fertility of artistic endeavor. The effects of urban , cosmopolitan culture on the arts probably stretched back to the Renaissance, but it may have been Watteau … Continue reading

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caliban

Fear of a Black planet? The hypocritical emancipatory liberalism of John Stuart Mill that seems to reinforce patriarchy, racism in the most delectable sugar coating that today’s pop culture can occultishly conjure up. O Brave New World of Shakespeare’s The … Continue reading

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america the brave: toga party on the potomac?

Is America a country on the precipice before the fall? Is America in decline and a decadent society and how anxious should that make us? There is no better example of framing an answer than to begin by comprehending the … Continue reading

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free fall: pax americana?

The idea of decadence is hardly novel, in fact it has been carry on luggage since expulsion from the Garden. But what exactly constitutes decadence, and whether we are, in our time suffering its effects is not so easy to … Continue reading

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SHEDDING THOSE “TERRESTRIAL GARMENTS” TO THE BACK OF YOUR MIND

“But in the anxiety of the second half of the eighteenth century, the fear of madness grew at the same time as the dread of unreason: and thereby the two forms of obsession, leaning upon each other, continued to reinforce each other. … Continue reading

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