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Literature Related to "Wakefield"

Literature Related to "Wakefield"

Lower End of Regent Street as seen from Piccadilly Circus, London, first half of 19th century 
(photo in public domain; wikimedia commons)
Lower End of Regent Street as seen from Piccadilly Circus, London, first half of 19th century (photo in public domain; wikimedia commons) (courtesy of wikipedia)
 
  • In the January 2008, the New Yorker magazine published a story entitled "Wakefield" by E. L. Doctorow which is a contemporary take on Hawthorne’s story. It lacks the sparseness of Hawthorne’s tale, adding characters and events, and it makes some changes in the setting (a suburb of an American city rather than London, and Wakefield moves not a few blocks away, but to the attic in his garage), but it follows the main story line and explores the theme of “leaving the system.”
Full text of "Wakefield" by Nathaniel Hawthorne


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