Books: Handkerchiefly Feelings

THE SENTIMENTAL NOVEL IN AMERICA 1789-1860 — Herbert Ross ] Brown —Duke University Press ($3).

"America is now wholly given over to a d—d mob of scribbling women," growled staid Nathaniel Hawthorne some years before the Civil War. Many of the novels which they produced, says Bowdoin Professor Herbert Ross Brown, "deserve to appear on any list of the world's worst fiction." Yet he feels that these novels of "handkerchiefly" feeling deserve his 400-page study as clues to the early literary aspirations of the U. S., which have something of the charm of Currier &...

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