Nathaniel Hawthorne. Background. Born: Salem, Massachusetts in 1804 Long line of Puritans- including William Hathorne: One of the first Puritan Settlers in New England - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
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Nathaniel HawthorneBackgroundBorn: Salem, Massachusetts in 1804Long line of Puritans- including William Hathorne: One of the first Puritan Settlers in New England John Hathorne: Magistrate in the Salem Witch TrialsWrote novels and short storiesBecause of insufficient funds as a writer Hawthorne worked in the Boston Custom House. After The Scarlet Letter his career took off and he could support his family on those funds.
Style & ThemeInspired by Puritan New EnglandCombines historical romance with heavy emphasis on symbolsHis depictions of the past are a version of historical fiction but he simply uses it as a vehicle to expressAncestral sinGuiltRetribution
Style & ThemeCautionary tales that suggest that guilt, sin, and evil are the most inherent natural qualities of humanity.Moral message with deep psychological complexity.Later works show his distaste for the Transcendentalist movement
WritingStarted as a short story writer but he thought very little of them.Wrote four major romances: The Scarlet Letter (1850)The House of the Seven Gables (1851)The Blithedale Romance (1852)The Marble Faun (1860)Also wrote some nonfiction Custom House