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Title: American lands and letters
Year: 1905 (1900s)
Authors: Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908
Subjects: American literature — History and criticism Authors, American
Publisher: New York C. Scribner’s Sons
Contributing Library: Robarts – University of Toronto
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN
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eeding spring (1859) he fares away from thegreat city, through the Ehone Valley, Switzer-land, and Paris, to England. Here he devoted himself for four months tothe re-writing of his Marble Faun *—mostly at alittle watering-place on the extreme north-easternshore of Yorkshire ; he has his stay, too, at Leam-ington and Bath, and a swift whirl of theseason in London. Under date of May 17,1860, he says: You would be stricken dumbto see how quietly I accept a wdiole string of in-vitations, and what is more, perform my engage-ments loWioid a murmur. In the month of June he sailed for America;and with the opening burst of a New Englandsummer, found himself again at the Wayside in Concord. Rampant Aveeds were growing inthe little garden ; the clock-like ministrations of * The book was published in England under the name ofTransformation (which he greatly disliked), in February,1860. HOME AGAIN. 259 trained English servants are wanting; mayhap,too, there was a silent bemoaning of the lack of
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Hawthorne in 1862. Frojn a photograph taken by Brady, in lVas}ii7ieton. those English domestic appliances (rare then inNew England country houses) with which the 26o AMERICAN LANDS <Sr- LETTERS. children had known years of dalliance; morethan all, those bodeful political mutterings werestirring the air, which were to grow in volumeuntil the placid America the romancer hadknown, should put on, and wear for years, thered robes of war. Home Again and tJie End. Residence and travel in England had quick-ened all Hawthornes rural susceptibilities. Noman indeed, howsoever browbeaten by Britishbounce or arrogance, can come away from along stay in lands of the English, but the thoughtof their tender care for trees and lawns and allgreen and blooming things, will sweeten hismemories and exalt his rural instincts. Haw-thorne made no exception ; he would have strown,at least, a handful of the leafy allurements whichhad beguiled him in Warwickshire or Somersetabout the narrow enclosure by the W
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