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Mon, Apr. 27th, 2009 01:11 pm
Lies, damned lies, and Darwin tours

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(Anonymous)
Tue, Apr. 28th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)

I've been reading Nathaniel Hawthorne's stories extensively for the first time, and I'm amazed by how much he predates or anticipates twentieth-century (post?)modernism--worthy of adding to the list above. Just after watching the unreliable tour guide above, I read "P's Correspondence" from Tales from an Old Manse, in which the narrator conjectures an alternative universe for several literary and political figures of the recent past: Byron, for instance, ends up not in Missolonghi but becomes old and fat and gouty, writing conservative diatribes; meanwhile, Napoleon wanders lost and paranoid in the streets of London. It would be interesting to see what Hawthorne might have done with Darwin, had he lived long enough!

Dorothy


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