Puget Sound English Department

August 7, 2009

Another one for the bookshelf

Nathaniel Hawthorne, the Father of the Romance

Nathaniel Hawthorne...

How am I just now finding out about Rebecca Brown’s collection of essays, American Romances (City Lights, 2009)? Any work that promises to trace “a direct line from the Puritan confession narrative to all of our seamy, lurid cultural voyeurism” and puts Nathaniel Hawthorne in direct (if fictional) contact with The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson sounds like a necessary addition to the precarious Everest already on this professor’s nightstand.
Brian Wilson: The hardest-working man in Surf-rock.

The hardest-working man in Surf-rock.

You can find an excerpt (PDF) at the City Lights site linked above, and a review from our own Tacoma News Tribune, here. Whether your interests are literary, pop cultural, historical, contemporary, fictional, or factual, Brown appears to have those bases covered.

She’ll be reading at Seattle’s Hugo House on October 23, time TBA:
Hugo House Events
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122


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