A New-England Tale (Penguin Classics) by Catharine Maria Sedgwick

By Catharine Maria Sedgwick

Jane Elton, orphaned as a tender lady, is going to stay along with her aunt Mrs. Wilson, a egocentric and overbearing lady who practices a repressive Calvinism. of their rural New England village, Jane grows up craving to wreck loose from Mrs. Wilson's tyranny and locate her position as a citizen of the evolving American Republic. She is helped by way of her encounters with characters who include a number of shadings of ethical, non secular, and civic advantage: the affectionate servant Mary Hull, a pious Methodist; Mr. Lloyd, a type Quaker; loopy guess, emotional, sympathetic, yet deeply volatile; and outdated John, bereaved yet clever. finally, A New-England Tale is set the relationship among parenting and governing, and the major position ladies play in shaping a fledgling state.

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Joel Porte, Representative Man: Ralph Waldo Emerson in His Time (New York: Oxford University Press, 1979), p. 76. 18. JMN, viii: 186. 19. Letters of Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, ed. Bruce A. Rhonda (Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1984), pp. 225, 226. 20. Henry D. Thoreau, Journal, Volume 3: 1848–1851, ed. John C. Broderick, et al. (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1990), p. 18. 21. Julian Hawthorne, Nathaniel Hawthorne and His Wife: A Biography, 2 vols. (1884; rpt. New York: Archon Books, 1968), i: 186–87.

Obviously, the snakelike behavior of this vine is meant to suggest its satanic qualities. Hawthorne’s observations of Emerson’s polygamous propensities fed into his writings it seems, as did his own interactions with Fuller. She certainly shared the Oriental exoticism that Hawthorne attributed to a number of his dark female heroines, and she provided insight into the power and limitations of women within a patriarchal society. Thomas R. Mitchell has argued that the intense feelings aroused in Hawthorne by Fuller at this time found their way into “Rappaccini’s Daughter” and all of the major romances, where Hawthorne struggled to exorcise Fuller’s power over him.

Richard H. Brodhead, The School of Hawthorne (New York: Oxford University Press, 1986), p. 79. 60. Nina Baym makes this point in her The Shape of Hawthorne’s Career (Ithaca, NY and London: Cornell University Press, 1976), p. 252. 61. Quoted in McAleer, Ralph Waldo Emerson, p. 420. 34 2 JOEL PFISTER Hawthorne as cultural theorist Over the past couple of decades, many scholars have reread American authors and their literature as complicit carriers of capitalist, imperialist, nationalist, class, gender, ethnoracial, and sexual ideologies.

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