Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864). 1804- Born in Salem MA. Early Influences. 6 th generation of Puritan settlers to New England; strict religious upbringing Great grandfather John Hawthorne… one of 3 judges who presided over the Salem Witch Trials of the late 17 th century
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
-fan of both early gothic writing [Frankenstein] and the sketches of Washington Irving
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Henry David Thoreau
His new neighbors and acquaintances found him too moody, pessimistic and bizarre; he never fit in with the “enlightened thinkers” of American Romanticism, so he left Concord and set sights on leaving his own mark.
Two years before his death, he begins to age suddenly: hair turns pure white; handwriting changes; suffers frequent nosebleeds.
Begins to obsessively write “64” on scraps of paper, much to the horror of friends and family.
Dies on a hiking trip in New Hampshire with Franklin Pierce. Buried on Author’s Ridge in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts.