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Nathaniel Hawthorne was the first American writer to gain international critical recognition as a great master of prose fiction His works are noted for their psychological probing into human nature His stories and sketches reveal themes central to Hawthornes imagination Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4 1804 in Salem Massachusetts His father died of yellow fever when Nathaniel was only four years old leaving him with his mom and two sisters in financial need Nathaniels mother had gotten sick leaving him to take care of his sisters His mother finally got better and was back on her feet When they had moved back to their family home Nathaniel had injured his foot which made him unable for almost three years While recovering from his injury he had developed the love of reading Spenser Bunyanand Shakespeare were his early favorites The more he read the more it matured his mind and shaped his future for writing He was working after school in the family stagecoach office Pooling the family resources his uncles and aunts determined to send him to Bowdoin College in Maine He entered college in March of 1821 While in his four years of college he had made friendships that would last a lifetime Three of his classmates and close friends were Horatio Bridge Navy Commander Franklin Pierce fourteenth President of the United States and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow a poet While here in college he began to write He started his novel Fanshawe which was a romance and an adventure occurring in
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