April 7, 2013
Hawthorne’s Style of Writing
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s style of writing was often seen as dark romanticism. Hawthorne wrote short stories and romance novels in which he transmitted modern topics of psychology and human nature through his clever use of imagery, symbolism and allegories.
Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804, in Salem, Massachusetts, the second of three children born to Nathaniel and Elizabeth Hathorne. In 1808, his father, a ship's captain, died of yellow fever in the distant port of Surinam. After the death of his father, Nathaniel moved with his mother and two sisters, Elizabeth and Maria Louisa, from their home on Union Street to the house next door belonging to the Mannings, his mother's family. In the Manning household, Hawthorne's keen intelligence was noted and nurtured; in fact, his maternal relatives hoped that he would eventually attend college. At the age of sixteen, Hawthorne showed an urge for journalism when he wrote and printed the Spectator—an intra-family newsletter he wrote with his sister that functioned as a kind of correspondence between the Mannings in Salem and an uncle who was overseeing the family lands in Raymond, Maine (Nathaniel Hawthorne American Writer).
In 1821, Hawthorne entered Bowdoin College in Maine, and he proved to be a competent, but not always industrious, scholar. While there, he became friends with Franklin Pierce, who would later become the fourteenth president of the United States. Another classmate of Hawthorne's was Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; soon to be one of America's most acclaimed poets. As his time at Bowdoin drew to a close, Hawthorne wrote a letter to his mother expressing his lack of enthusiasm for the professions of law and medicine. He proposed that he should become a writer, asking his mother to imagine the pride she would experience at seeing his name in print and at hearing his works generally... [continues]
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