NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE (1804–1864), born in Salem, Massachusetts, is the author of The House of the Seven Gables, Mosses from an Old Manse, The Blithedale Romance, and The Marble Faun, among others. His many famous short stories include "Young Goodman Brown," "Rappaccini’s Daughter," and "The Artist of the Beautiful."
Hawthorne was a novelist and short-story writer, born in Salem, MA. Educated at Bowdon College, he shut himself away for 12 years to learn to write fiction. His first major success was the novel The Scarlet Letter (1850), still the best known of his works. Other books include The House of the Seven Gables (1851), The Snow Image (1852), and a campaign biography of his old schoolfriend, President Franklin Pierce, on whose inauguration Hawthorne became consul at Liverpool (1853--7). Only belatedly recognized in his own country, he continued to write articles and stories, notably those for the Atlantic Monthly, collected as Our Old Home
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