Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts, a city where he spent much of his life and set many of his literary works. Hawthorne published over 100 short stories, sketches, novels, children’s stories, and non-fiction pieces during his career. He is most remembered for his novels The Scarlet Letter and The House of Seven Gables. But he began writing tales, and his talent for producing short stories is immense.
There have been few writers in any age who could render scenes more visually or expose the moral fiber of characters more ably than Nathaniel Hawthorne. He had a special talent for pin-pointing and describing his character’s deep-seated motivations in stylish, almost poetic prose.With a fanciful imagination and a deep moral sensibility, he looked upon all things with the spirit of love and lively sympathies. Among the men of imagination, he will always have his niche. In the field of American letters, Hawthorne is the most valuable example of the American genius.