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Nathaniel Hawthorne

 
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(1804-64) a US writer of novels and short stories. He was born in Salem, Massachusetts, and set his novels in New England during the time of the Puritans. The most famous are The Scarlet Letter (1850) and The House of the Seven Gables (1851) and his best-known collections of short stories are the two volumes of Twice-Told Tales (1837 and 1842). He lived in Europe for seven years and was US consul in Liverpool in 1853