Tag Archives: Margaret Fuller

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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UTOPIAN DREAMS & SCHEMES and IN-BETWEENS

What is Utopia and why does it attract both hope and skepticism in equal measure?  In a way that appears meaningful, it is a productive inner tensions between two tendencies: a positive optimistic utopianism and a negative utopian pessimism. A … Continue reading

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NO EASY HOPE & NO SIMPLE CONSOLATION

”It was just before leaving Rome that Hawthorne conceived the idea of a romance in which the “Faun” of Praxiteles should come to life, and play a characteristic part in the modern world; the catastrophe naturally resulting from his coming … Continue reading

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