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Critical Commentary Related to "Alice Doane's Appeal"

The Hanging of a Witch
The Hanging of a Witch (courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA)
 
  • Excerpt from The Salem World of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Margaret B. Moore, pp. 192-93; 194; 198. Margaret Moore talks about Hawthorne's relationship with Charles Wentworth Upham, the witchcraft historian referred to in "Alice Doane's Appeal."

  • Excerpt from The Salem World of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Margaret B. Moore, pp. 44-45. Margaret Moore discusses Hawthorne's treatment of Salem Witchcraft victim Rev. George Burroughs in "Alice Doane's Appeal."

  • Excerpt from The Province of Piety: Moral History in Hawthorne's Early Tales by Michael J. Colacurcio, pp. 85-86. Literary critic Michael J. Colacurcio discusses the symbolism of the unburied corpse of Walter Brome and its connection to witchcraft victim Rev. George Burroughs.

  • Excerpt from Salem Is My Dwelling Place by Edwin Haviland Miller, p. 105. Hawthorne biographer Edwin Haviland Miller calls "Alice Doane's Appeal" "the most complex and possibly the most important" of Hawthorne's stories and discusses Hawthorne's choices and conflicts around the publication of his early tales.

  • Excerpt from Salem Is My Dwelling Place by Edwin Haviland Miller, p. 115. Edwin Haviland Miller offers a psychological interpretation of Leonard Doane and comments on Hawthorne's themes of fratricide, parricide, and incest in "Alice Doane's Appeal." In this complex tale, Miller states, "Hawthorne introduces most of the motifs upon which for the next thirty-five years he was to play variations."

  • Excerpt from Salem Is My Dwelling Place by Edwin Haviland Miller, p. 110. Edwin Haviland Miller discusses the presence of Cotton Mather in "Alice Doane's Appeal" and the power of the patriarchal figure on Hawthorne's imagination.

  • Excerpt from Salem Is My Dwelling Place by Edwin Haviland Miller. University of Iowa Press, 1991, pp. 35-36.. Miller discusses the theme of incest in Hawthorne's writing and offers thoughts on the view that Hawthorne's life "secret" was an incestuous relationship he had with his sister Elizabeth.

  • Excerpt from The Province of Piety: Moral History in Hawthorne's Early Tales by Michael J. Colacurcio pp. 84-85. Michael J. Colacurcio discusses the Devil's deception of Leonard Doane and links Leonard's psychological projection of guilt with specter evidence in the Salem Witchcraft Hysteria. Colacurcio also claims that in murdering Walter Brome, Leonard is murdering his "personified incest wish."

  • The Story of Woodwax, Jeanne Stella, Wildflower consultant for the Friends of Salem Woods


  • Excerpt from The Salem World of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Margaret B. Moore, p. 22. Literary scholar Margaret Moore talks about Hawthorne's use of history and the "Fireside Tradition" of storytelling in his sketches and stories.

  • Excerpt from The Salem World of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Margaret B. Moore, pp. 19-20. Margaret Moore quotes Julian Hawthorne and discusses Hawthorne's method of storytelling.

  • Excerpt from Salem Is My Dwelling Place by Edwin Haviland Miller, pp. 92-93. Miller discusses the publishing history of some of Hawthorne's early tales and tells the story of manuscripts consigned to the flames.




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