Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Nathaniel Hawthorne
Born in 1804
in Salem, MA
Yes, to answer your
question his great-great
grandfather was a judge
during the Salem Witch
Trials.
That’s why he added the
“w” to his name in his
twenties. He did not want
to be associated with is
Puritan ancestors. Hmmm…
will that come up in his
writing?
school at
Bowdoin
College in
Maine
Against many protests from
Hawthorne.
“I was educated (as the phrase is)
at Bowdoin College. I was an idle
student, negligent of college rules
and the Procrustean details of
academic life, rather choosing to
nurse my own fancies than to dig
into Greek roots and be numbered
among the learned Thebans.”
-Said the man who hated school but
became an extremely famous
author
In 1836, Hawthorne served
as the editor of the
American Magazine of
Useful and Entertaining
Knowledge.
He later took other jobs
that did not involve
writing at all because
they paid more. He
continued to write short
stories and other bits of
writing and would submit
them to journals.
Married
Sophia
Peabody in
1842
I know what you were
thinking… Wasn’t she the
sister of his exgirlfriend? Yep, yes she
was.
He was
friends with
lots of famous
authors.
Just thought you should
know.
Hawthorne returned to
writing and published
The Scarlet Letter in
mid-March 1850.
And thanks to that you get
to read his beautiful
work.
It was one of the first massproduced books in America, selling
2,500 volumes within ten days and
earning Hawthorne $1,500 over 14
years.
“There could be no more perfect
work of the American imagination
than The Scarlet Letter.”
-
D.H. Lawrence
His health
began to fail
him in his
“later years.”
He referred to himself as
“wrinkled with time and
trouble.”
While on a tour of the White
Mountains, he died in his sleep on
May 19, 1864 in Plymouth, New
Hampshire.
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