I want all who have been enthralled by Hawthorne’s novel to come to understand Hawthorne as I have experienced him,” Cranford writes, “to appreciate him for the intelligent and privately religious sentiment he cleverly clothed in his characters.
Thomasville, GA (PRWEB) January 24, 2013
Gary P. Cranford’s new book “Hawthorne’s Redemption: The Mystery of The ScArlet Letter” (published by AuthorHouse) examines the seminal novel, delving deeper into the symbolism, parables, biblical references and other allusions that most other critics ignore.
Cranford believes that many scholars shy away from “The Scarlet Letter”’s biblical allusions, a move that he labels a mistake. He argues that Hawthorne’s construction of these literary devices into a consistent pattern proves that the author meant the novel as an allegory, and modern critics and teachers are doing the classic work a disservice by not advocating that literary interpretation.
Cranford believes many of his conclusions are supported by Hawthorne’s own narrator comments in his book, such as:
“A writer of story-books!
What kind of a business in life, –
What mode of glorifying God,
Or being serviceable to mankind
In his day and generation, – may that be!”
“I want all who have been enthralled by Hawthorne’s novel to come to understand Hawthorne as I have experienced him,” Cranford writes, “to appreciate him for the intelligent and privately religious sentiment he cleverly clothed in his characters.”
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