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Herman Melville

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Herman Melville

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At a Glance

In this essay Herman Melville reviews Nathaniel Hawthorne's book of short stories Mosses from an Old Manse. Melville also comments on literature in general by saying that American writers should be appreciated and valued over authors from other parts of the world. This critical review provides important commentary on the state of literature in the 19th century by focusing on the growth and development of writing in America.

Perspective and Narrator

"Hawthorne and His Mosses" was written by Herman Melville, but he published it anonymously as "A Virginian Spending July in Vermont." Melville shares his thoughts and opinions in the first person.

About the Title

"Hawthorne and His Mosses" identifies the piece of literature and its author that the essay reviews. The essay is a critical review of Nathaniel Hawthorne's collection of short stories Mosses from an Old Manse. Herman Melville wrote this essay about four years after Hawthorne's book was published though Melville had only recently read the book for the first time.


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