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Nathaniel Hawthorne Biography

"Mr. Hawthorne's distinctive trait is invention, creation, imagination, originality—a trait which, in the literature of fiction, is positively worth all the rest," wrote a literary critic named Edgar Allan Poe in a review of Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1846 story collection, Twice Told Tales. "The style is purity itself. Force abounds. High imagination gleams from every page. Mr. Hawthorne is a man of the truest genius."blank">Margaret Fuller. In his fiction, he dwelt on the idea that human nature was fundamentally flawed. Not only would individuals inevitably fall, but the people assigned to judge them were sinners as well. It is a testament to Hawthorne's talents as a writer that he was able to take his pessimistic view on life and turn it into stories that grab our attention with their power and truth.

Childhood

Writing

Custom House

Writing The Scarlet Letter

Death

Family

Education

Work Experience

Major Works

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