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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 lived under a king.” This is the right material for story. It seems as natural to make tales out of old tumble-down ’
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