Jack Lewis and His American Cousin, Nat Hawthorne: A Study of Instructive Affinities

Jack Lewis and His American Cousin, Nat Hawthorne: A Study of Instructive Affinities

by D. G. Kehl

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When he was a student at Oxford University, C. S. Lewis wrote to a friend expressing his great admiration of and enthusiasm for the novels of Nathaniel Hawthorne, particularly The House of the Seven Gables and Transformation (British title of The Marble Faun). This study examines the parallels between these two kindred spirits and their works, focusing on their similar worldviews, their personal backgrounds and lifestyles, and the "Ultimates" they both pondered. It discusses common themes in their works, such as myth, scientism, and "the great power of blackness." Their respective attitudes toward these issues and others, such as faith, repentance, heaven and hell, confession, church attendance, the clergy, and Puritanism are strikingly similar. Considerable attention is given to "companion pieces" of the two writers, with discussion of the so-called "Fortunate Fall" in The Marble Faun and Perelandra, veil imagery in "The Minister's Black Veil," The Blithedale Romance, and Till We Have Faces, influence of Bunyan's allegory on The Pilgrim's Regress and "The Celestial Railroad," and multiform love in The Four Loves and The House of the Seven Gables. Examination of such affinities between these two writers and their works provides mutual illumination and enhanced appreciation of each.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621896128
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 03/29/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 248
File size: 333 KB

About the Author

D. G. Kehl is Professor of English Emeritus at Arizona State University, Tempe, where he taught courses in American literature, a variety of interdisciplinary courses, and courses on C. S. Lewis. His published works include four books and over a hundred articles in scholarly journals and such Christian periodicals as Christianity Today. Kehl is an associate editor of Sehnsucht: The C. S. Lewis Journal.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Instructive Affinities ix

Part I Personal Backgrounds and Worldviews

1 Pondering "the Ultimates," "Things That Lie Beyond Human Ken" 3

2 Worldviews: Sub Specie Aeternitatis 16

3 Backgrounds and Lifestyles 30

Part II Mutual Themes

4 Myths Retold and Myths Made 47

5 Scientists and Scientism 64

6 "The Great Power of Blackness": Sin-Original, Besetting, Unpardonable 81

Part III Characterization

7 Perpetuators and Victims of the Power of Blackness 103

8 Counteractors and Ambivalents in the Power of Blackness 123

Part IV Companion Pieces

9 Culpa-Happy or Sad? Perelandra and The Marble Faun (Transformation) 151

10 The Black Veil and the White: "The Ministers Black Veil," The Blithedale Romance, Till We Have Faces 167

11 Allegories to the 3rd Power: "The Celestial Railroad" and The Pilgrims Regress 183

12 Four Loves and Seven Gables: The Four Loves and The House of the Seven Gables 198

Conclusion: Baptized Imaginations 212

Bibliography 219

Index 227

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