UPDATE: [American] Hawthorne's Later Writings, Journal Submission

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Monika Elbert

A special issue on Hawthorne's final period of writing is being planned for
the fall 2009 issue of the _Nathaniel Hawthorne Review_. In quantitative
terms, the literary writings of this period make up a substantial portion
of Hawthorne's oeuvre, filling more than three volumes of the Centenary
edition. Though once much maligned, these late works have begun to attract
the serious attention from scholars they once seemed destined for. When
Septimius Felton was posthumously published in 1872, many critics were
enthusiastic â€" the reviewer of the London Times declared that "it will be
read for its poetry and fancy by many who care but little for fiction in
general, and on those who really appreciate and admire it we can hardly
doubt it will exercise a strong and growing fascination." While such
responses have been overshadowed by Henry James's more well-known dismissal
of it as an "essentially crude piece of work," they suggest that the
writings of Hawthorne's last phase are well-worthy of revaluation. The
growing interest in "Chiefly About War-Matters," Hawthorne's provocative
comment on the Civil War, confirms as much, as does the sheer stylistic
perfection of the essays collected in _Our Old Home_. Works such as The
American Claimant manuscripts, the _Septimius Felton/Norton_ drafts, and
_The Dolliver Romance_ demand sustained critical attention as well.
   Readers who share these convictions, or care to contest them, are
invited to submit proposals for manuscripts ranging between 5000 to 7000
words on any of Hawthorne's post-Marble Faun writings. Please send them
directly to the issue's guest editors, David Greven (dgrev_at_conncoll.edu)
and Magnus Ullén (magnus.ullen_at_kau.se). Queries about proposals are welcome.
    New Deadline for submission of final manuscripts: 1 March 2009.

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