March 16, 1850, was the day that Nathaniel Hawthorne’s now-classic novel The Scarlet Letter, a story about adultery and betrayal in colonial America, was published.
Born in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1804, Hawthorne was influenced by the town’s witchcraft past, which he included in a few of his other works: “Young Goodman Brown” (1835) and The House of Seven Gables (1851).
Hawthorne attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and in 1852, his old college friend, President Franklin Pierce, appointed him American consul to England, where Hawthorne’s family lived for three years.
Hawthorne died in Plymouth, New Hampshire, in 1864.
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Nathaniel Hawthorne in Our Catalog
"Nathaniel Hawthorne was a New Englander, born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1804. He was a descendant of one of New England's earliest settlers, William Hawthorne, and of William's son John, a notorious judge in the Salem witch trials." — From "Biographical Note" (page vii)
"Read The Scarlet Letter and enter a subtle world of beauty, cruelty, justice, and mystery. It is unlike any book you have ever read." — From the Dust Jacket
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"With The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne became the first American novelist to forge from our Puritan heritage a universal classic, a masterful exploration of humanity's unending struggle with sin, guilt, and pride." — from back cover