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Author Profile Nathaniel HawthorneNathaniel Hawthorne named after his father was born on July 4 1804 in Salem Massachusetts Four years after Hawthornes 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 literatureAfter 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 writingIn November of 1837 Hawthorne met Sophia Peabody and eventually married her on July 9 1842 disregarding his familys 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 Hawthornes 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 1850Hawthorne 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 netBibliographyBradley Sculley Richmond C Beatty and E Hudson Long The Social Criticism of a Public Man Nathaniel Hawthorne Eds Bruno Leone Scott Barbour and Clarice Swisher San Diego Greenhaven Press 1996 47-49Loring George B Nathaniel Hawthorne Massachusetts Quarterly Review 38 1850 484-500 Rpt in NCLC v10 Eds Laurie Harris and Emily Tennyson
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