Hawthorne and Tieck: A Comparative Analysis
Springer, M.L. (Margaret L.)
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I will examine only the short stories of Hawthorne and the the Marchen of Tieck. Although Tieck wrote a number of Novellen and novels, they are not considered his best works. They are popularly condemned for a kind of bourgois realism, totally foreign to the superb blend of fantasy and reality that is characteristic of his Marchen, and Hawthorne's shorter fiction.· Even Poe qualified his criticism of Hawthorne, i.e. he refers to the manner of some of Tieck's works. It is generally assumed that by "some of his works", Poe means Tieck's Marchen.