Saturday, February 20, 2010

Classics of American Literature, Part II

More good stuff! This time we examined Hawthorne, Melville, and the beginning of Whitman. These lectures gave me new appreciation of Hawthorne by examining his lesser known works, and a deeper understanding of Melville. Part of the surprise was that Melville and Hawthorne both lived in Pittsfield, MA, and that Hawthorne's influence is what changed Melville from an adventure writer to a, well, symbolic writer. This also led to his loss of popularity. Anyway, I can't wait to get the 3rd set of lectures!

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