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Excerpt from Understanding The Scarlet Letter by Claudia Johnson

"In addition to the universal problem of trying to eke out a bare subsistence on a modest income, like many novelists, Hawthorne faced the matter of national condescension and prejudice. In the view of the general English reader of the time, and especially in the mind of the educated English aristocracy, America (artistically speaking) was a raw frontier inhabited by bumpkins too insufficiently refined or insufficiently buttressed by long literary [and artistic] traditions to produce great art" ( 174).

(courtesy of Greenwood Press)




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