6. Growing Up a Goodman

Hawthorne's Way

  1. Elisa New

Published Online: 28 MAR 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9781118854587.ch6

New England Beyond Criticism

New England Beyond Criticism

How to Cite

New, E. (ed) (2014) Growing Up a Goodman, in New England Beyond Criticism, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118854587.ch6

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 MAR 2014
  2. Published Print: 9 MAY 2014

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118854532

Online ISBN: 9781118854587



  • fiction;
  • Hawthorne;
  • Hawthorne's moral repertoire


Obsessions are deep-rooted in Hawthorne and consequences are invariably profound. Local, apparently ephemeral episodes turn out to have their origins in the national or cultural past, and every material object, every color, every breath of wind or rain may bear a clue. Live with Hawthorne for long enough, and one comes to crave what he offers, to return again and again to re-experience the pull of mystery, moral obligation, and hard interpretive exercise that his fiction tutors. Hawthorne lets the ironic, caustic, and sometimes reactive currents of his personality ripple, and sometimes rip, across his style, showing a stubborn resistance to prevailing pieties and a temperament especially reactive where humbug – especially contemporary humbug – is concerned. Hawthorne had a temperament – delicate, perceptive, and very fine – on which his region and his region's exercised soul daguerreotyped itself.