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Henry W Longfellow once said Hawthorne was a mysterious man Longfellow knew Nathaniel Hawthorne in person not as a historian Nathaniel Hawthorne can be understood if one looks into his past and researches one of his works Nathaniel Hawthornes mystery comes from his in depth look into human perception which shines through his imagery in Young Goodman Brown Nathaniel Hawthorne was born into a Puritan family in July of 1804 His father Nathaniel Hathorne was a sea captain His mother Elizabeth Manning Hathorne was the daughter of Richard Manning a blacksmith who left the industry to pursue work in the stagecoach line Four years after Hawthornes birth his father died of yellow fever Hawthornes father never saw his youngest daughter Maria Louise Nathaniel Hawthorne had an older sister Elizabeth who was two years his senior Hawthorne spent his early years at his grandparents house in Salem He did not go to school until he was seven Hoeltje 27 His sister noticed that he could read at an early age one of his favorites was Spencers Fairie Queen Hawthornes uncle Robert Manning sent him to a private school In school Hawthorne sustained a foot injury which left him to use crutches for many years This injury created an escape for Hawthorne he used it to seclude himself from the world Hawthorne started writing his first journal in 1816 which his Uncle Richard gave to him In 1818 his mother removed the family from Salem to Raymond Maine Hoeltje 29 In Raymond Hawthornes imagination grew from the wilderness and solidarity Hawthornes uncle sent him to Bowdoin College in 1821 Bowdoin was a college that expected its students to follow their strict rules Hawthorne disagreed with the schools penal code he fought back against this system Normand 25 Hawthorne rebelled and became a member of the Pot-8-OClub This club was not philanthropy but rather one that embellished the use of alcohol Hawthorne graduated in 1825
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