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Title: Nathaniel Hawthorne


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Nathaniel Hawthorne 1804 - 1864
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  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • His writings
  • His life
  • His philosophy

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  • His Writings
  • Novels (Romances)
  • The Scarlet Letter (1850)
  • The House of the Seven Gables (1851)

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  • His Writings
  • Short Stories
  • Young Goodman Brown
  • Rappacinis Daughter
  • The Ministers Black Veil

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  • His Writings
  • Subject matter and style
  • Love stories and mysteries with gothic flavor
  • Symbolism
  • Puritan past
  • Interior of the human heart, especially morals

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  • His Life
  • Born in Salem, descendant of the witch trial
    judge
  • Prominent family
  • Father, a ships captain, died young

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  • His Life
  • Bowdoin College
  • Classmates Longfellow and Pierce
  • Seclusion in Salem after college, twelve years
  • First success with Twice Told Tales, 1837

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  • His Life
  • Brief stint at Brook Farm
  • Married in 1842
  • Concord, Mass. for a time
  • Salem Custom House

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He lost this government job and then wrote The
Scarlet Letter.
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The Old Manse in Concord, Mass.
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  • His Life
  • Fame and fortune after The Scarlet Letter and The
    House of the Seven Gables
  • Friendship with Melville
  • Political appointment after Pierce became
    president

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  • His Philosophy
  • Fascinated with sin and guilt, even inherited
    guilt, perhaps because of Puritan ancestry
  • Believed in humanitys capacity for evil, unlike
    Transcendentalists

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  • His Philosophy
  • Pride, self-righteousness, obsession, and
    isolation pose danger to moral character
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