Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Birthday
4, 1804
Birthplace
Massachusetts
Death Date
May 19, 1864 (59)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
4, 1804
Birthplace
Massachusetts
Death Date
May 19, 1864 (59)

About

Renowned American novelist and short story writer who is best known for The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables. His psychologically and morally complex works exemplify the literary genre of Dark Romanticism.

Before Fame

He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1825 and subsequently secured work as editor of the American Magazine of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge. His earliest published works include such short stories as "Young Goodman Brown" and "The Minister's Black Veil."

Trivia

He met Abraham Lincoln in the early years of the American Civil War and mentioned the meeting in an 1862 essay entitled 'Chiefly About War Matters.'

Family Life

He was born in Salem, Massachusetts, the descendant of a judge (John Hathorne) who had presided over the infamous Salem Witch Trials. Hawthorne married transcendentalist and illustrator, Sophia Peabody, in 1842. The couple welcomed three children--Una, Julian, and Rose-- between 1844 and 1851.

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Edgar Allan Poe initially wrote harsh critiques of Hawthorne's work, but later recognized Hawthorne's genius.