Nathaniel Hawthorne. Born Salem, Massachusetts, July 4, 1804. From a prominent Puritan family. Earliest American ancestor was William Hawthorne—1630—he was a soldier and magistrate. Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Transcendentalismwas a 19th century movement in the Romantic tradition which held that every individual can reach ultimate truths through spiritual intuition, which transcends reason and sensory experience.
Basic tenets of Transcendentalists
3. The belief that all of Nature is symbolic of the spirit.