I hate prezi. That’s all... 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.