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American novelist and short story writer Nathaniel Hawthorne has captured the hearts and imagination of America Through his vivid writing style and mystifying themes he has become one of Americas most famous short story authors Though he uses various literary techniques Hawthorne seems to enjoy using symbolism in many of his writings It is prevalent in many of his short stories including Young Goodman Brown Hawthorne was born on July 4 1804 in Salem Massachusetts the descendent of a long line of Puritan ancestors including John Hawthorne a minor official presiding magistrate in the Salem witch trialsTerence His father Nathaniel Hawthorne Sr was born in 1775 in Salem Among his ancestors were Major William Hawthorne c 16067-1681 known for his persecution of Quakers and John Hawthorne 1641-1717 the son of Major William and Anna Hawthorne who were stern interrogators of the accused witchesReuben After his father was lost at sea when he was only four his mother became overprotective and pushed him toward more isolated pursuits The two of them would rely upon each other for emotional comfort Tales of his family and legends from a dark past haunted Hawthorne throughout his life Hawthornes childhood left him overly shy and molded his life as a writer and writing style Perhaps one would think this was how he formed some of his inspiration for many of his stories Hawthorne turned to writing after his graduation from Bowdoin College His first novel Fanshawe was unsuccessful and Hawthorne himself disavowed it as amateurishReuben But that didnt discourage Hawthorne from continuing writing He later wrote several successful short stories including The Ministers Black Veil The Birthmark and Young Goodman Brown However insufficient earnings as a writer forced Hawthorne to start a career as a Boston Custom House measurer in 1839 However after three years Hawthorne was dismissed from his job with the Salem Custom HouseReuben By 1842 his writing garnered Hawthorne a sufficient income for him to marry Sophia
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