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1: Nathaniel Hawthorne 1840 | Nathaniel Hawthorne 1846

2: Nathaniel Hawthorne 1848 | Nathaniel Hawthorne 1860

3: Nathaniel Hawthorne's children Julian, Una, and Rose in 1862 | Nathaniel Hawthorne's grave in Sleep Hollow Cemetery

4: Nathaniel Hawthorne was a writer from Salem, Mass best known for his novels The Scarlet Letter and The House of Seven Gables. Born on July 4, 1808 in Salem, Hawthorne was a direct descendant of Judge John Hathorne from the Salem Witch Trials. Hawthorne was intrigued by his connection to his ancestor, although it is speculated that he may have eventually added the “W” to his last name to distance himself from his great-grandfather. Hawthorne published two stories under the name “Hathorne” in 1830 but started spelling his name with a W after this date, for reasons unknown. Hawthorne spent most of his youth in Salem but also spent a great deal of time in Raymond, Maine. After four years at Bowdoin College in Maine, he returned to Salem in 1825 and began working on his first novel Fanshawe. The novel was published shortly after in 1828, at his own expense, but Hawthorne disapproved of it and tried to destroy all copies. He continued writing and published many short stories including “The Hollow of the Three Hills,” “Roger Malvin's Burial” and “An Old Woman's Tale.” In 1837, Hawthorne published another novel titled “Twice-Told Tales” and met his future wife Sarah Peabody. The couple married in July of 1842 and rented a home in Concord where they were neighbors with Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and the Alcott family, including young Louisa May Alcott.

5: The Hawthornes struggled with debt and a growing family and eventually returned to Salem in 1845. There Hawthorne took a job as Surveyor of the Port at the Salem Custom House. He suffered a loss a few years later when his mother died and he lost his job at the Custom House due to a change in the administration. His frustration drove him to leave Salem again, calling it a “abominable city”, and move to Lenox, Mass where he continued to write. Hawthorne published his most well-known work, The Scarlet Letter, shortly after in 1850, bringing him fame and financial relief. He then began working on The House of Seven Gables, a novel based on the old Pyncheon family in Salem. In 1852, Hawthorne purchased The Wayside from the Alcotts in Concord. This home was the only house Hawthorne ever owned. Hawthorne suffered from poor health in the 1860s and died in his sleep during a trip to the White Mountains with Franklin Pierce on May 19, 1864. He is buried at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord.

6: Fanshawe (1828) The Gray Champion (1835) The White Old Maid (1835) Dr. Heidegger's Experiment (1837) A Virtuoso's Collection (1842) The Birthmark (1843) The Artist of the Beautiful (1844) Rappaccini's Daughter (1844) Ethan Brand (1850) The Scarlet Letter (1850) The House of the Seven Gables (1851) The Blithedale Romance (1852) The Marble Faun (1860) Septimius: A Romance (1872) The Ancestral Footstep (1882) Dr. Grimshaw's Secret: A Romance (1883) | Nathaniel Hathorne's Bibliography

7: Hawthorne is a very mysterious writer. I chose Nathaniel Hawthorne because i like the way he makes the reader's mind wonder whats going on and how he writes his novels. He well give headaches and make readers wonder whats going to happen next ? Whats going on ? Why is this happening ? In most of novels are very interesting and makes you eager and want to keep reading on whats going to happen next. Nathaniel Hawthorne was a extravagant writer and i hope people in the future will acknowledge and read his work in the future.

8: “Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” | “Easy reading is damn hard writing.” | Love, whether newly born or aroused from a deathlike slumber, must always create sunshine, filling the heart so full of radiance, that it overflows upon the outward world.”

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