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The 19th century had many great achievements happen within its 100-year time period From the building of the Erie Canal to the steel plow being invented From the invention of the telegraph to Thomas Edison creating the first light bulb While all of these inventions have stood the test of time one has lasted just as long the inspiring tales a novel written by Nathaniel HawthorneNathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem Massachusetts in 1804 His name by birth was Nathaniel Hawthorne He added the w to his name when he began to sign his stories Nathaniel Hawthorne American Writers II One of Hawthornes ancestors was actually a judge in the Salem witch trials The guilt and shame Hawthorne felt of his ancestors were included in some of his stories McGraw Hill pg67Hawthornes father was a sea captain He died of fever when Hawthorne was only four Shortly after his fathers death his mother was forced to move her three children into her parents home and then into her brothers home in Maine Hawthornes childhood was not particularly abnormal as many famous authors have claimed to haveHawthorne attended Bowdoin College and graduated after four years After graduation he returned to Salem Contrary to his familys expectations Hawthorne did not begin to read law or enter business rather he moved into his mothers house to turn himself into a writer Hawthorne wrote his mother I do not want to be a doctor and live by mens diseases nor a minister to live by their sins nor a lawyer and live by their quarrels So I dont see that there is anything left for me but to be an author American Writers II pg 227For the next twelve years Hawthorne lived in his mothers house He Seldemly went out except late at night or when going to another city I had read endlessly all sorts of good and good for nothing books and in dearth of
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