Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1804-1864

Nathaniel Hawthorne was a writer of novels and short stories who lived in Concord, Massachusetts for significant portions of his life. He was introduced to American Transcendentalism by Elizabeth Palmer Peabody and eventually married her sister Sophia. Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne, Thomas T. Stone, and Jones Very helped arrange a series of Amos Bronson Alcott's famous Conversations in Salem, Massachusetts in spring 1849. Transcendentalism generally appealed to Hawthorne and figured as an important factor in many of his works, but he also sensed a danger in the ramifications of the movement and tended to mock or criticize Transcendentalists and Transcendentalist issues. Hawthorne spent several months at Brook Farm in the early 1840s and wrote The Blithedale Romance (1852) based on this experience.

Letter from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Robert Manning, May 18, 1819
Letter from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Hillard, May 29, 1844
Letter from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Zachariah Burchmore Jr., July 16, 1851
Letter from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Dr. George B. Loring, February 17, 1853
Letter from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Zachariah Burchmore Jr., December 9, 1852
Letter from Nathaniel Hawthorne to W. C. Bennet, September 7, 1854
Letter from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Unknown, October 28, 1854
Letter from Nathaniel Hawthorne to W. C. Bennet, September 7, 1856
Letter from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Dr. Mackay, November 26, 1856
Letter from Nathaniel Hawthorne to William A. Wheeler, January 17, 1863



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