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Ethan Brand

In the chapter of Salem Is My Dwelling Place from which this excerpt is drawn, Edwin Haviland Miller puts the writing of "Ethan Brand" in the context of Hawthorne 's life at the time. In this excerpt, the reader can find parallels between the theme of alienation in the story and in Hawthorne's life.

Almost a year after his official 'decapitation' and the publication of The Scarlet Letter, his feelings toward Salem and its inhabitants had not changed. He delighted in his (imaginary) martyrdom: 'I wish they would tar-and-feather me---It would be such an entirely novel kind of distinction for the literary man!' (276). (courtesy of University of Iowa Press)

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