Dark Romance: "The Power of Blackness: Hawthorne, Poe, Melville" by Harry Levin

The Power of Blackness: Hawthorne, Poe, Melville - Harry Levin

(Original Review, 1981-02-01)

Harry Levin wrote a book called “The Power of Blackness” about Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville, the classic trio of Dark Romance, and there is no doubt Blackness and Night haunt the human imagination and generate oneiric phantasms to boot. In the French cultural scene although surrealism was losing steam, it was still a powerful force and it did emphasize the oneiric, and Borde and Chaumeton were very interested in the grotesque, bizarre, and oneiric per se.



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