Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Melville and Hawthorne seen on Berkshire rambles, "like Wordsworth and Coleridge"




From the Boston Herald, Sunday, June 29, 1890:

WHERE HAWTHORNE LIVED.
The Little Red House in Lenox BurnedThe Novelist’s Life There.

[From Our Regular Correspondent.]

LENOX,  June 28, 1890
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Forty years ago, when Hawthorne lived here, Lenox was the centre of a circle of literateurs. Hawthorne was frequently visited by his friend Herman Melville, who wrote those thrilling tales of the South seas, “Typee” and “Omoo.” Hawthorne and Melville spent much time wandering about the woods and fields encircling Stockbridge bowl. There are men now living in Lenox who remember seeing these two literary men on their rambles through the fields, like Wordsworth and Coleridge about the Lakes of Grasmere...
 

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