At the age of seventeen, Hawthorne mused to his mother about the possibility of “relying for support upon my pen.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne

(1804 - 1864)

At the age of seventeen, Nathaniel Hawthorne mused to his mother about the possibility of “relying for support upon my pen.” His first book, Fanshawe, was published anonymously and received scant recognition; his first editing job, for the American Magazine of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge, ended when the publisher went bankrupt after six issues. His later novels include The House of the Seven Gables, The Blithedale Romance, and The Marble Faun.

All Writing

We must not always talk in the marketplace of what happens to us in the forest.

—Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850

Miscellany

Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow attended Bowdoin College—both class of 1825—at the same time as Franklin Pierce, who was a year ahead of them. The fourteenth president of the United States was at Hawthorne’s side when the author died in 1864. Longfellow served as a pallbearer at the funeral.

Issues Contributed