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U.S. History Topics » States & Regions » Massachusetts

Hawthorne in Salem

explores Nathaniel Hawthorne's connection to Salem, Massachusetts, with a primary focus on "the Custom House sketch," the first chapter of The Scarlet Letter. The site also presents materials from museums in Salem, as well as lectures and excerpts from books and articles by leading Hawthorne scholars. (North Shore Community College, National Endowment for the Humanities)

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Interesting Fact:

Any study of Nathaniel Hawthorne leads to the author's numerous connections with other celebrated writers. None shared a greater personal and professional influence, however, than Hawthorne's neighbor in Lenox, Massachusetts, the great novelist Herman Melville. Dedicating his masterpiece Moby Dick to Hawthorne, Melville reveals both his admiration and affection for Hawthorne as his inspirational mentor and beloved friend.
'The Death of Beatrice' by D.G. Rosetti, a Pre-Raphaelite painting reveals the continuing interest in Dante's Divine Comedy and the figure of Beatrice.  Courtesy of the Tate Gallery, London

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