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"Well-written, scrupulously researched, and simultaneously sympathetic and critical toward its subject, Reynolds's book is important not only for its historically responsive account of Hawthorne's widely misunderstood politics but also its invigorating portrait of a perceptive author who struggled to resist the political extremism that swept the Northern states before and after the bombardment of Fort Sumter."
—Randall Fuller, author of Emerson’s Ghosts: Literature,Politics, and the Making of Americanists
"This beautifully written, thoroughly researched study faces criticism of Hawthorne, both in his day and the present, for his stance on slavery and the Civil War. Citing letters, journal entries, reported conversations, and published works, Reynolds (Texas A&M) shows Hawthorne to have rejected the extremism of the abolitionists, been a pacifist who hoped war could be avoided (but supported the Union once war began), and hated slavery even more than war--but at the same to have been deeply prejudiced, to have feared amalgamation (or miscegenation), and never to have acknowledged the real horrors of slavery. "
—Choice M. S. Stephenson, University of Texas at Brownsville
"I suspect that it won't be long before Devils and Rebels inspires other scholars to open more in-depth conversations between this new political Hawthorne and the more famous texts he produced out of the rich politcal context Larry Reynolds has so capably discovered."
—Leland S. Person, Nathaniel Hawthorne Review