OUTSIDE THE CUSTOM-HOUSE?: On the Philosophy of Shyness

OUTSIDE THE CUSTOM-HOUSE?: On the Philosophy of Shyness S y m p o s i u m : Uns o c ia l T ho u g ht , Unc o m mo n L i v e s, Pa r t 2 OUTSIDE THE CUSTOM-HOUSE? On the Philosophy of Shyness Clark Davis It is generally conceded that Nathaniel Hawthorne was shy. Accounts by those who knew him are clear: “Often, too, he was strangely shy, so much so that he has been known to leave the highway for the fields rather than encounter a group of approaching villagers.” This comment, from an 1881 Harper’s retrospective, is typical. The young William Dean Howells found the famous romancer “visibly shy to the point of discomfort”; Oliver Wendell Holmes compared Hawthorne to “a dim room with a little taper of personality burning on the corner of the mantel”; and Henry James Sr. said that he looked, in social situations, like “a rogue who suddenly finds himself in the company of detectives.”1 These descriptions may sound familiar to anyone who has read Hawthorne’s novels or stories: secrecy, isolation, and the ironies of hiddenness are persistent themes. But on a more basic level, what do we mean by “shyness” in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Common Knowledge Duke University Press

OUTSIDE THE CUSTOM-HOUSE?: On the Philosophy of Shyness

Common Knowledge, Volume 12 (3) – Oct 1, 2006

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S y m p o s i u m : Uns o c ia l T ho u g ht , Unc o m mo n L i v e s, Pa r t 2 OUTSIDE THE CUSTOM-HOUSE? On the Philosophy of Shyness Clark Davis It is generally conceded that Nathaniel Hawthorne was shy. Accounts by those who knew him are clear: “Often, too, he was strangely shy, so much so that he has been known to leave the highway for the fields rather than encounter a group of approaching villagers.” This comment, from an 1881 Harper’s retrospective, is typical. The young William Dean Howells found the famous romancer “visibly shy to the point of discomfort”; Oliver Wendell Holmes compared Hawthorne to “a dim room with a little taper of personality burning on the corner of the mantel”; and Henry James Sr. said that he looked, in social situations, like “a rogue who suddenly finds himself in the company of detectives.”1 These descriptions may sound familiar to anyone who has read Hawthorne’s novels or stories: secrecy, isolation, and the ironies of hiddenness are persistent themes. But on a more basic level, what do we mean by “shyness” in

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