The Artist of the Beautiful

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Hawthorne, Nathaniel. "The Artist of the Beautiful." The United States Magazine and Democratic Review June 1844. Collected Mosses from and Old Manse 1846. Rpt. Future Perfect: American Science Fiction of the Nineteenth Century: An Anthology. H. Bruce Franklin, ed. UK: Oxford UP, 1966. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 1995.[1] Looking Ahead: The Vision of Science Fiction. Dick Allen and Lori Allen, eds. New York: Harcourt College Publications, 1975.

Early science fiction in the US, possibly "the first robotic insect short story," featuring watchmaking and a small butterfly, so artfully made it is difficult to tell "if it is real or a machine"; a child who "has inherited his father's strength and his grandfather's skepticism" crushes what we will call the clockwork butterfly (quoting the Wikipedia entry).[2]