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Dec 20 2011

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Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne (July 4th, 1804- May 19th, 1864)

Nathaniel Hawthorne was a novelist and short story writer, born in Salem, Massachusetts. He was known as a quiet man but knew many authors and was friends with the president Franklin Pierce since attending Bowdoin College. He married Sophia Peabody after publishing several short stories and a novel, and they had three children. Hawthorne based many of his stories off of his life events and often gave his stories themes and morals. Many of his works are dark romanticism and typically there are dark themes about sin, evil and guilt.

Fun facts on Hawthorne

**He was friends with Herman Melville, who dedicated Moby Dick to Hawthorne.

**Nathaniel Hawthorne was born Hathorne and later added the “w” to his name.

**He met Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; Longfellow wrote a tribute poem to Hawthorne in 1866 titled, “The Bells of Lynn.”

**An interesting coicidence (maybe): Hawthorne had originally pursued Sophia Peabody’s sister Elizabeth before meeting Sophia. Elizabeth was the name of Mr. Hooper’s fiancee, who left him when he refused her request that he take off the veil.

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