Incest in Nineteenth-Century American Literature Authority And Authorship - Essay

Authority And Authorship

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Frederick C. Crews (essay date 1966)

SOURCE: "Brotherly Love," in The Sins of the Fathers: Hawthorne's Psychological Themes, Oxford University Press, 1966, pp. 44-60.

[In the following essay, Crews argues that Hawthorne's short story "Alice Doane's Appeal" manifests a narrative tone that reflects simultaneous fascination with and repugnance toward the issue of incest.]

"Incest is, like many other incorrect things, a very poetical circumstance."

—Shelley

At the very beginning and very end of his career Hawthorne produced halting, fragmentary works of fiction which...

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