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Portraits of Nathaniel Hawthorne
Rita K. Gollin
"An elaborately researched and gracefully written scholarly study that provides much new biographical data about its subject, as well as background information on artists and an overview of the options for portraiture in nineteenth-century America. We can say without fear of cliché that, after reading this book, our view of Hawthorne will never again be the same."—American Literature
In his life and in his fiction, Hawthorne expressed a deep interest in portraiture. Frequently he speculated on the truthfulness of art or on the elusive reality shown in a well-executed image. Many of his fictional characters can be found looking intently at portraits, as if wondering whether the likeness represents what Hawthorne called "a secret character." Portraits figure into the themes and even the plots of some of his fiction, notably The House of the Seven Gables and The Marble Faun.
(1983) 139 pp., illus.
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