AUTHOR ON READING: NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE

“Easy reading is damn hard writing.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne (July 4, 1804 – May 19, 1864) was an American writer. Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts to a family with a long New England history. The original name of the family was Hathorne, he added a ‘w’ to distinguish himself from the history which included John Hathorne, a prominent judge in the Salem witch trials of 1692-3. The Hathorne legacy was one of strict Puritanism which Hawthorne grappled with in his stories and novels, The Scarlet Letter perhaps being the most well-known.

Much of Hawthorne’s writing centers on New England, his fiction works are considered part of the Romantic movement and, more specifically, Dark Romanticism. His themes often center on the inherent evil and sin of humanity, and his works often have moral messages and deep psychological complexity. 

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It is often the case: Every minute of fame on TV, violin performance, home run hit requires months of preparation. The easier it looks the harder you have to work. In order for others to understand your writing, it has to be painstakingly planned and penned. 

To be honest, among all his published work, I have only read ‘The Scarlet Letter’, and I have to agree that it is indeed an art of Dark Romanticism.

 

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