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Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American novelist and short story writer. He was born in 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts, as a distant descendant of John Hathorne, the only judge involved in the Salem witch trials who never repented of his actions. Nathaniel later added a "w" to make his name... show more
Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American novelist and short story writer.

He was born in 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts, as a distant descendant of John Hathorne, the only judge involved in the Salem witch trials who never repented of his actions. Nathaniel later added a "w" to make his name "Hawthorne" in order to hide this relation. Much of Hawthorne's writing centers on New England, many works featuring moral allegories with a Puritan inspiration. His fiction works are considered part of the Romantic movement and, more specifically, Dark romanticism. His themes often center on the inherent evil and sin of humanity, and his works often have moral messages and deep psychological complexity. His published works include novels, short stories, and a biography of his friend Franklin Pierce. His best-known work of fiction is the novel The Scarlet Letter (1850).
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Birth date: 1804-07-04
Died: 1864-05-19
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Lora Hates Spam
Lora Hates Spam rated it 9 months ago
by Nathaniel Hawthorne Another Classic ticked off my list. This one was written in 1851 and very definitely has the tone of that era of writing. Very verbose and slow moving, with no real interaction between characters. The story is more about the house than the people, though it tells the story...
A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books
Although this shortish novel is not bad, I can understand why Hawthorne wished to suppress it as unworthy juvenilia. It's much more laboured in construction, and much more reliant on stereotypes for characters, than his mature work. The nominal hero, Fanshawe, an over-studious type destined for an e...
A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books
Somehow I missed this during my omnivorous reading of the 19th century gothic in my undergraduate years. I read it now from the point of view of someone who distinctly resembles fractious, unsightly Hepzibah far more than the idealized "little woman" Phoebe (though perhaps I have always been more a ...
Books In My Heart
Books In My Heart rated it 3 years ago
This book was amazing! I never even saw the ending happening. I mean for the man who was prosecuting the mother for having a "bastard child" was her father??? It was crazy! I suppose it was wriiten so long ago that I didn't see it coming.
YA Fantasy - K.A. Wiggins
YA Fantasy - K.A. Wiggins rated it 3 years ago
Disclaimer: Reviewing NetGalley eARC I think I read this as a teen, though all I remember of the classic novel is that it was kind of tedious. This format does a good job of making it more accessible. There're notes at the end that talk about the adaptation and how some of the symbolism is capture...
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