American novelist and short story writer who focused on dark romanticism.
Was hit in the leg while playing bat and ball, and became lame for a year.
One of his most famous works is his novel The Scarlet Letter.
He married Sophia Peabody and the couple had their first daughter in 1844.
Edgar Allan Poe wrote harsh critiques of his work, but in the end he recognized it as brilliant and gave him public accolades.