Author Profile: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne, named after his father, was born on July 4, 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts. Four years after Hawthorne’s birth, his father died. This left his mother to take care of him and his two siblings. A very important event occurred to him at age nine when he injured himself severely, leaving him bed ridden. From that day forth, Hawthorne took an interest in reading and writing which blossomed into a great passion for literature.

After high school, Hawthorne wanted to stay home and live the simple life. His family was determined to have him go to college. Regardless of how he felt, Hawthorne attended Bowdoin College and graduated eighteenth in his class on September 9, 1825. Hawthorne then returned to his hometown and began to pursue his passion, writing.

In November of 1837, Hawthorne met Sophia Peabody and eventually married her on July 9, 1842, disregarding his family’s disapproval. Their love blossomed into a storybook-like romance. Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne had three children. Their oldest daughter was Una. Their one and only son was named Julian. The youngest of the three children was their daughter Rose. Hawthorne’s life was dedicated to his family, literature, and politics. After his mother passed away, Hawthorne emerged himself in his writings. As a result of his hard work and dedication, the well-known novel The Scarlet Letter was published in 1850.

Hawthorne spent the most of his life traveling, writing literature, and associating with powerful political figures. His family then moved to England where he spent the rest of his days with his family. In May of 1864, Nathaniel Hawthorne passed away peacefully in his sleep. (Bauer, net).


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