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December 1979
216 pages  

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9780822984740
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The Great Succession
Henry James and the Legacy of Hawthorne
Long, Robert Emmet
The first book devoted to the literary relationship between Henry James and his American predecessor, Nathaniel Hawthorne.

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Robert Emmet Long is a scholar whose articles and reviews have appeared in many national publications.
“The first sustained analysis of Hawthorne’s influence upon James’s fiction over an extended period. . . . Long offers new insights, showing himself particularly adept in tracing literary associations.”—Nineteenth-Century Fiction

“It fills a gap in accounts of how James started his career as a writer. . . . Valuable study.”—Times Literary Supplement

“The definitive, long-awaited discussion of the literary relationship between James and his most important American influence.”—American Literary Scholarship

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The first book devoted to the literary relationship between Henry James and his American predecessor, Nathaniel Hwthorne. Robert Emmet Long demonstrates James’ transformation of Hawthorne’s romantic forms into realism, as one of the significant features of James’ early career. Long shows that Hawthorne provided James ith a native tradition having its own conceptions of American psychological experience.
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