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" No author, without a trial, can conceive of the difficulty of writing a romance about a country where there is no shadow, no antiquity, no mystery, no picturesque and gloomy wrong, nor anything but a commonplace prosperity, in broad and simple daylight,... "
Macmillan's Magazine - Side 239
1904
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The Europeans: A Sketch

Tony Tanner, Patricia Crick - 1984 - 203 sider
...in the lack of materials'. James quotes him to this effect: No author, without a trial, can conceive of the difficulty of writing a romance about a country...daylight as is happily the case with my dear native land. James was determined to avoid that 'lack'. He had, after all, only recently decided to settle in London...
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New England - Frommer's Complete Guides: With the Best Historic Sights and ...

Lisa Legarde, Dale Northrup - 1995 - 578 sider
...without a trial, can conceive of the difficulty of writing a romance about a country [New England] where there is no shadow, no antiquity, no mystery,...daylight, as is happily the case with my dear native land. Preceding and during the Civil War, New England writers such as abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison...
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Innocence, Power, and the Novels of John Hawkes

Rita Ferrari - 1996 - 220 sider
...complex layering of past and present and of moral ambiguity in Europe to the clean slate of America, "where there is no shadow, no antiquity, no mystery,...common-place prosperity, in broad and simple daylight" (3). But of course Hawthorne set much of his best work in America, exploring shadows and gloom and...
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Tolstoy Or Dostoevsky: An Essay in the Old Criticism

George Steiner - 1996 - 368 sider
...Hawthorne. The latter had written, in preface to The Marble Faun: No author, without a trial, can conceive of the difficulty of writing a romance about a country...antiquity, no mystery, no picturesque and gloomy wrong, not anything but a commonplace prosperity, in broad and simple daylight, as is happily the case with...
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The Working man

...to a foreign country ; for he gives as reason for this, that " no man, without a trial, can conceive the difficulty of writing a romance about a country...no shadow, no antiquity, no mystery, no picturesque or gloomy wrong." Of course not ; there is no picturesque or gloomy wrong, when that wrong is the suffering...
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Gothic America: Narrative, History, and Nation

Teresa A. Goddu - 1997 - 226 sider
...Hawthorne puts it in his preface to The Marble Faun (1860), "No author, without a trial, can conceive of the difficulty of writing a romance about a country...daylight, as is happily the case with my dear native land" (3). While Hawthorne complains about the lack of gothic materials in America, he turns this lack into...
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William Faulkner

John Bassett - 1997 - 422 sider
...response to Go Down, Moses, received almost no negative comments in Britain. No author can conceive of the difficulty of writing a romance about a country...wrong, nor anything but a commonplace prosperity, as is happily the case with my dear native land. Hawthorne need not have worried: it did not remain...
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The Pragmatic Mind: Explorations in the Psychology of Belief

Mark Bauerlein - 1997 - 136 sider
...ever emerged. James notes that even Hawthorne himself had lamented in his preface to The Marble Faun "the difficulty of writing a Romance about a country where there is no shadow, no antiq37 uity, no mystery, no picturesque and gloomy wrong, nor anything but a common-place prosperity,...
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Walt Whitman: The Critical Heritage

Milton Hindus - 1997 - 292 sider
...of primitive being and modern man. 'In our country,' says the American author, Nathaniel Hawthorne, 'there is no shadow, no antiquity, no mystery, no picturesque and gloomy wrong.' For an original primitive like Whitman his innate inclination is to do more or less primitive reading;...
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Ancestry and Narrative in Nineteenth-Century British Literature: Blood ...

Sophie Gilmartin, King Edward VII Professor and President of Clare Hall Gillian Beer - 1998 - 281 sider
...to confirm Hardy's reasons for declining the 'invitation'; No author, without a trial, can conceive of the difficulty of writing a romance about a country...daylight, as is happily the case with my dear native land.4 Hawthorne could claim one of the longest pedigrees conceivable for an American of European descent,...
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