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Category: Honors Assignment

Edgar Allan Poe’s Critique of Hawthorne: Wakefield

Edgar Allan Poe describes Nathanial Hawthorne’s work as being “of the highest merit” and the writing of “a high genius.” Poe names Hawthorne as one of the few exceptional American prose tale authors because of his “invention, creation, imagination, [and] originality,” manifested in both plot and stylistic tone. As evidenced through his essay, Poe…