Nathaniel Hathorne

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The Scarlet Life of the Great American Author Nathaniel Hathorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts on Independence Day, 1804. Nathaniel Hawthorne died in Plymouth, New Hampshire on May 19, 1864. In those sixty years of life, Nathaniel Hawthorne, an American Romance author, public servant, and consul to the United Kingdom, wrote such classical works as The Scarlet Letter, The House of Seven Gables, The Marble Faun, and Twice Told Tales. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s mastery of nineteenth century American Romance is no doubt clearly a testament to his extraordinary life and literary genius. There can be little opposition to the statement that Nathaniel Hawthorne is a true American Classic. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s ancestor William Hathorne moved…show more content…
Hawthorne, however disliked transcendentalism but he remained in the commune anyway so that he could afford to wed Sohia. After an extensive courtship due in part to Sophia in poor health, they were married on July 9, 1842. Soon after, they moved to Concord where they rented to historic Old Manse from a friend, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Two years later the first of three children were born. With a quickly rising debt, the Hawthornes returned to Salem where Nathaniel got a job, using political connections with Polk, at the Custom House as a surveyor in 1846. Unfortunately, when Zachary Taylor was elected president, Nathaniel was replaced with a whig party member. This was a blessing in disguise however, as it gave Hawthorne the time to write his crowning glory, the classic “The Scarlet Letter, the story of two lovers kept apart by the ironies of fate, their owned mingled strengths and weaknesses, and the Puritan community’s interpretation of moral law, until at last death unites them under a single headstone.”(Editor of Encyclopaedia et al. 2) The book would later be recognized as one the the Greatest American Novels of all time. Convinced that Salem was a “damned” city, Nathaniel moved his family to Lenox in Western Massachusetts where he worked on his second masterpiece, The House of Seven Gables. It is the tale of a family, the Pyncheon family, who after being cursed for a generation, removed it with love. While in Lenox, Hawthorne met Herman Melville, who would later dedicate Moby Dick to
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