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Under the tutelage of Hawthorne

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Under the tutelage of Hawthorne, Melville developed  Benito Cereno,  one of his most compelling  works, which  Putnam's  magazine ran in three installments in the October, November, and December  issues in 1855, only three years after Harriet Beecher Stowe produced  Uncle Tom's Cabin,  moralistic novel which incited abolitionist sympathies throughout the United States. Counter to  Stowe's pro-black melodrama, Melville's novella, a mystery or suspense thriller, possesses some of  the characteristics of a roman a clef, or "key novel," a work of fiction which disguises the names of  real people and events. Viewed from the eyes of Don Benito Cereno, a callow aristocrat oblivious to  the black race's yearning for freedom, the novel's complex examination of the relationship between 
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