Three major conventional figures dominated Hawthorne's romances: the noble Founding Father, the "narrow Puritan," and the rebellious daughter. Daniel Bell examines the ways in which Hawthorne used these and other conventional characters to formulate his own sense of New England history.
Originally published in 1971.
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Table of Contents:
- Frontmatter, pg. i
- PREFACE, pg. vii
- CONTENTS, pg. xiii
- INTRODUCTION: The Treatment of the Past, pg. 1
- CHAPTER ONE. THE FOUNDING FATHERS, pg. 15
- CHAPTER TWO. TYRANTS AND REBELS CONVENTIONAL TREATMENTS OF INTOLERANCE, pg. 83
- CHAPTER THREE. A HOME IN THE WILDERNESS HAWTHORNE'S HISTORICAL THEMES, pg. 105
- CHAPTER FOUR. FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS, pg. 147
- EPILOGUE: PAST AND PRESENT, pg. 191
- BIBLIOGRAPHY OF PRIMARY SOURCES, pg. 243
- INDEX, pg. 249