“That One Congenial Friend:” Hawthorne’s Search for a Careful Reader

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Paper discusses the prefaces to the novels and short stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne, and argues that the author uses this space to describe political views that are clear to only a select audience.

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Garrido, Alejandro 2012.

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Paper discusses the prefaces to the novels and short stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne, and argues that the author uses this space to describe political views that are clear to only a select audience.

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Abstract: In the prefaces to his novels and short stories, Nathaniel Hawthorne explores the conflicts that surface when political leaders use tyranny to force consensus in antebellum American states. His prefaces introduce these conflicts and act as guides on how to read what follows in the novels. Under threat of termination by his coworkers and representatives in government, he creates a writing style with an implicit message that can only be understood by a select audience. Hawthorne, I will argue, is determined to enlighten his readers to the hypocrisies and civil violations that occur in spite of the protections the constitution guarantees its citizens. He also takes issue with the growing power of political factions in the decade leading up to the American Civil War by taking a classical republican stance for civic virtue over private interests. In this way, he advocates a revision of the sociopolitical state of antebellum New England and indirectly promotes an agenda capable of bringing the faults of his country to light.

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  • Eagle Feather, Issue 9, University of North Texas Honors College: Denton, Texas. 2012

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  • Publication Title: Eagle Feather
  • Volume: 8
  • Issue: 2012
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Garrido, Alejandro. “That One Congenial Friend:” Hawthorne’s Search for a Careful Reader, article, 2012; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1639357/: accessed June 17, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .

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