Hawthorne’s Habitations: A Literary Life by Robert Milder

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June 2013, no. 352
The trials of St Nathaniel

Hawthorne’s Habitations: A Literary Life

by Robert Milder

Oxford University Press, $47.95 hb, 336 pp, 9780199917259

Hawthorne’s Habitations: A Literary Life by Robert Milder

Reviewed by
June 2013, no. 352

Unlike Hawthorne: A Life (2003), Brenda Wineapple’s penetrating and engaging biography of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hawthorne’s Habitations, is a work of literary criticism informed by a narrow but fascinating range of biographical details and sources. These details support Robert Milder’s construction of an author ‘divided’ by contradictory drives that remained unresolved in Hawthorne’s fiction and life.

The trials of St Nathaniel

Hawthorne’s Habitations: A Literary Life

by Robert Milder

Oxford University Press, $47.95 hb, 336 pp, 9780199917259

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