How does Nathaniel Hawthorne's frequent focus on the past relate to the emergence of new American literature?
After Hawthorne graduated from college he spent a long period in seclusion working on his writing. He had decided to become a freelance writer. He was to be one of the first such independent, self-supporting American writers because most popular writers were English and most reading material continued to be imported from England. Hawthorne was handicapped by the fact that America was such a raw country that there seemed to be little to write about that would interest American readers and certainly not...
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