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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 4 July 1804Salem, Massachusetts, USA
Date of Death 19 May 1864Plymouth, New Hampshire, USA
Birth NameNathaniel Hathorne

Spouse (1)

Sophia Peabody (1842 - 19 May 1864) (his death) (3 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Stories about women who live in a strict household or society and are some how wronged by a father, husband, or lover.

Trivia (10)

Pictured on a 20¢ US commemorative postage stamp issued in his honor, 8 July 1983.
Son Julian Hawthorne also became a writer and recorded the biography of his parents' life.
Grandfather to children's biography writer and poet Hildegarde Hawthorne, daughter of Julian Hawthorne-Oskison (1871-1934).
Children: Una Hawthorne (1844-1877) Julian Hawthorne (1846-1934) Rose Hawthorne (1851-1926)
Hawthorne added the 'w' to his last name out of guilt and shame due to the fact that his ancestor was Judge Hathorne at the famous Salem Witch Trials.
He was a great influence on author Herman Melville, who patterned his novel "Moby Dick" on Hawthorne's moralistic writings.
Elected to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans in 1900 (inaugural election).
Was brother-in-law of education activist Horace Mann.
Hawthorne was from New England.
One of the greatest fiction writers in American literature, he is best known for "The Scarlet Letter" (1850) and "The House of the Seven Gables" (1851).

Personal Quotes (2)

Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained.
[Oxford University in 1856] How ancient is the aspect of these college quadrangles. So gnawed by time. Some crumbly, so blackened, so grey where they are not black, so quaintly shaped with here a line of battlements and there a row of Gables; and here a turret with probably a winding stair inside, and lattice windows with stone mullions and little panes of glass set in lead, and the cloisters with a long arcade looking upon a green or pebbled enclosure.

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