Author(s)  S. Rachman
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Stephen  Rachman,  PhD  in  English,  Associate  Professor, Director  of  American  Studies,  Michigan  State  University,  610  C  Wells  Hall  Red  Cedar  Stephen  Rachman,  PhD  in  English,  Associate  Professor, Director  of  American  Studies,  Michigan  State  University

Received  March 02, 2017
Published  June 25, 2017
Issue  2017 Vol. 2, №2
Department  World literature
Pages  64-79
DOI  10.22455/2500-4247-2017-2-2-64-79
UDK  82.09
BBK  83.3(0)
Abstract  This  essay  discusses  the  relationship  between  the  Transcendentalist  author  and  This  essay  discusses  the  relationship  between  the  Transcendentalist  author  and    naturalist,  Henry  David  Thoreau,  and  his  sometime  Concord  neighbor  and  author  of   tales and romances, Nathaniel Hawthorne. It argues that while Thoreau and Hawthorne    differed on many points, they found these differences useful and productive defining their    own work. For his part, Hawthorne respected Thoreau’s scholarship, knowledge of nature    and history, and deep integrity but found his intransigent manner boorish and disagreed    with his politics. However, as his career went on he continued to dwell on Thoreau and    thought to append a sketch of his life to his last, uncompleted romance, Septimius Felton.    For  his  part,  Thoreau  recorded  in  his  Journal  a  series  of  entries  that  are  central  to  his   understanding of the nature of his own labor, artistic activity, and life. In these passages he    subtly addresses Hawthorne’s work (“The Minister’s Black Veil”) and career (Hawthorne’s   consulship  to  Liverpool  in  the  1850s)  in  ways  that  become  utterly  central  to  his  own    natural, literary and Transcendentalist praxis. To demonstrate this thesis and its subtleties,    the  essay  makes  use  of  letters  and  passages  from  Hawthorne’s  published  writings  and    Thoreau’s Journal.
Keywords  Authorship,  Commercialism,  Concord,  Hawthorne,  Transcendentalism,  Thoreau,  Authorship,  Commercialism,  Concord,  Hawthorne,  Transcendentalism,  Thoreau,    Value.
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