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About the Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne was a 19th century American novelist and short story writer. He is seen as a key figure in the development of American literature for his tales of the nation's colonial history.

Shortly after graduating from Bowdoin College, Hathorne changed his name to Hawthorne. Hawthorne anonymously published his first work, a novel titled Fanshawe, in 1828. In 1837, he published Twice-Told Tales and became engaged to Sophia Peabody the next year. He worked at a Custom House and joined a Transcendentalist Utopian community, before marrying Peabody in 1842. The couple moved to The Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts, later moving to Salem, the Berkshires, then to The Wayside in Concord. The Scarlet Letter was published in 1850, followed by a succession of other novels. A political appointment took Hawthorne and family to Europe before returning to The Wayside in 1860. Hawthorne died on May 19, 1864, leaving behind his wife and their three children.

Much of Hawthorne's writing centers around New England and many feature moral allegories with a Puritan inspiration. His work is considered part of the Romantic movement and includes novels, short stories, and a biography of his friend, the United States President Franklin Pierce.


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Paperback, Published in Aug 2010 by Gray Rabbit Publishing

ISBN10: 1604599456 | ISBN13: 9781604599459

Page count: 312

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"To this little book, we would say, 'Live ever, sweet, sweet book.' It comes from the hand of a man of genius.... [Hawthorne's writing] is characterized by a large proportion of feminine elements, depth and tenderness of feeling, exceeding purity of mind." --Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Hawthorne's writings are "a pure and living stream of manly thought and feeling, which characterizes always the true man, the Christian, the republican and the patriot." --Orestes Brownson, "The Boston Quarterly Review"

Hawthorne's short stories "rivet the attention [of the reader]. The style of Hawthorne is purity itself. His tone is singularly effective--wild, plaintive, thoughtful, and in full accordance with his themes.... We look upon him as one of the few men of indisputable genius to whom our country has as yet given birth." --Edgar Allan Poe, "The Broadway Journal"

The most influential book of 1837. --The Grolier Club

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was a novelist and short story writer. Best known for "The Scarlet Letter" (1850), "The House of the Seven Gables" (1851), "The Blithedale Romance" (1852), and "The Marble Faun" (1860), as well as the political biography of his friend "Life of Franklin Pierce" (1852), his first writings were short stories published in a number of magazines and annuals. In the 1830s, he served as the editor of the "American Magazine of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge," and then accepted a political appointment at the Boston Custom House. "Twice-Told Tales" was sponsored by Hawthorne's friend, Horation Bridge (a lawyer at the time, he later joined the Navy and rose to the rank of commodore). It sold moderately well when it was published, and then saw a resurgence after the publication of "The Scarlet Letter."

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