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Note, again, how this tendency to home themes asserts itself explicitly in Longfellow's notice of Hawthorne's Twice-Told Tales at about the same time in The North American Review, (July, 1837):—
One of the most prominent characteristics of these tales is, that they are national in their character.
The author has wisely chosen his themes among the traditions of New England; the dusty legends of the good Old Colony times, when we ce said to me, a safe piety, but his religious impulse was serene and even joyous, and this under the pressure of the deepest personal sorrows.
It is also to be observed that Longfellow wrote in this same number of The North American Review (July, 1837) another paper which was prophetic with regard to prose style, as was the Hawthorne essay in respect to thought.
It was a review of Tegner's Frithiof's Saga which showed a power of description, brought to bear on Swedish life and scenery, whic