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Nathaniel Hawthornes works established him as one of the most unique authors of the 19th century With works such as The Scarlet Letter Hawthorne not only entertained his audience he made them look at their own life and compare it to 17th century Puritan New England He also brought readers to the realization of how harsh and difficult the period of American History was Hawthornes unique style of writing and his ability to probe deep into the human conscience made him one of Early Americas most greatly admired authors The Hawthornes had already left their legacy with the town of Salem leaving Nathaniel Hawthorne a long rich history of ancestry in the town In 1630 William Hawthorne made the Journey to the New World with John Winthrop the first governor of Massachusetts Two of Hawthornes relatives who were directly involved with the Salem witch trials also left their mark on the town Hawthorne carried a direct relation to Judge Hathorne himself being the primary cause of Hawthorne later adding a w to his name Another of his relatives Phillip English was accused of witchcraft These events definitely affected Hawthorne even after the name change Even as a grown man he used to say he could still hear the ghosts in the old houses of Salem Manley 23His father was occupied with a Salem shipping company His occupation frequently took him away on voyages delivering spices and silks One day he returned to Salem to find his wife had given birth to a new son He had been born on the 4th of July in 1804 and was given the name Nathaniel His father loved Nathaniel affectionately called Nath dearly but could not spend much time with him because of his job One fateful day he was assigned to captain a ship on a voyage to Suriname in South America A few weeks later Hawthorne received the devastating news that the rampaging Yellow Fever had put
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