Nathaniel Hawthorne is notorious for complaining in a letter to one of his publishers that a "damn'd mob of scribbling women" was stealing his audience. Elsewhere, he referred to women authors as "ink-stained Amazons" who were "without a single exception, detestable", and once expressed his wish that all women be "forbidden to write, on pain of having their faces deeply scarified with an oyster-shell".
This collection of original essays presents a more complex and positive view of Hawthorne's attitudes toward women, demonstrating his recognition of the crucial role that women played -- as critics, reviewers, readers, and authors -- in building a national readership that male his writing career so successful.
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John L. Idol Jr. is Distinguished Alumni Professor of English Emeritus at Clemson University. Melinda M. Ponder is professor of English and coordinator of women's studies at Pine Manor College.Review :
"Well written, concise, original essays. . . . A very useful contribution both to Hawthorne studies and gender studies."―Emily Budick, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
"A timely collection that I highly recommend. . . . This book has much to offer contemporary scholars, students of American literature, and Hawthorne specialists."―Sheila Post, author of Correspondent Colorings: Melville and the Marketplace
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