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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 Dec 2009 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN10: 1443816582 | ISBN13: 9781443816588

Page count: 201

Much of the last few years of Hawthorne's life was given to working on versions of a last romance, set partly in England, which he never completed. This version was edited into publishable form by his son a few years after his death; while legitimate objections exist to Julian Hawthorne's edition, it is the version which has been known to readers and formed part of Hawthorne's oeuvre for most of its history.

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