Scarlet Letter Literary Context

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    • The emergence of the American Novel
      • At the time Hawthorne began to write the taste of American readers was dominated by European and British authors
      • There was determination amongst American intellectuals to foster a national literature
      • So Nathaniel Hawthorne's prose and the poetry of Walt Whitman were celebrated as the emergence of a distinctive voice and the foundations for a national literature.
    • New England Transcendentalism
      • During 1830's Transcendentalists became an influential intellectual presence in Boston
      • Hawthorne was caught up in the initial excitement however at the end of 8 months he declared himself weary of paradise
      • Hawthorne Became profoundly sceptical about the Transcendentalist project


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