Text of the excerpts from Dr. Gollin's lecture
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Text of the excerpts from Dr. Gollin's lecture

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". . . Whatever Hawthorne might have learned about Salem's witchcraft frenzy during his boyhood, the descendant of the notorious `witch-judge' John Hathorne pursued the facts and fantasies of that episode during his post-Bowdoin years--in court records, in histories including Thomas Hutchinson's History of Massachusetts Bay (1764), in contemporary justifications of the episode including Cotton Mather's Wonders of the Invisible World (1693), in contemporary vituperations including Robert Calef's More Wonders of the Invisible World (1700) (which presents John Hathorne as a ruthless interrogator of the accused), and in Charles W. Upham's Lectures on Witchcraft (1831). Not surprisingly, that episode explicitly surfaces in several of his early narratives. . . ."




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