Saturday, May 25, 2019



Philip McFarland, Hawthorne in Concord (New York: Grove Press, 2004), p. 50:
For himself, Hawthorne (so his son reported) was increasingly disposed as he grew older to doubt the effectiveness of expressing truth in the abstract. His own versions of truth came in the form of stories with people doing specific things, whereas the general truths of his neighbor Emerson appeared to be spun too much from cloudland to suit even a romancer's taste—vaporous thoughts, as Hawthorne stated rather brusquely, from "an everlasting rejecter of all that is and seeker for he knows not what."

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