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Nathaniel Hawthorne and his The House of the Seven Gables Nathaniel Hawthornes life 1804 - 1864 Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on the July 4th 1804 in Salem a puritan town where his family had lived for generations His father died only four years afterwards From the shock of his death Mrs Hawthorne as the name was originally spelled the W was inserted by young Nathaniel never recovered To the end of her life she lived in seclusion rarely leaving her room It is not surprising that Nathaniel developed to be shy sensitive and lonely For four years Nathaniel studied at the Bowdoin College where his habits of seclusion were mostly broken Then he returned to Salem and his peculiar habits occurred again he closed himself in the house for ten years During the day he read and wrote at home he was going out in the night He wrote much and burnt much of what he had written From 1830 he published short stories in magazines The first collection of his tales Twice told Tales appeared in 1837 But his writings didnt earn him enough and he had to work for living He worked as a weigher in the Boston customhouse he also spent a year in the Brook Farm a transcendentalist experiment In 1842 he married and moved to Concord where he met many intellectuals Here they lived happily for four years Hawthorne wrote busily because his work was recognized and appreciated more and more widely as its volume increased The stories and sketches he wrote during this time were published in 1846 under the title Mosses from an Old Manse His income was still low so he started to work as a Surveyor of the Custom House in Salem and lived there for five years He wrote an occasional short story This job gave him the theme for The Scarlet Letter which occurred in 1850 He was already widely
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