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Hawthorne at Salem

Literary Career

Literature Related to Hawthorne's Non-fiction and Poetry

Poem "Moderate Views" written by Hawthorne on February 13, 1817
Poem "Moderate Views" written by Hawthorne on February 13, 1817(courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA)

Poetry of Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Full text of "Moderate Views" Hawthorne wrote this poem on February 13, 1817. In it the young Hawthorne expresses his hope that he will live a modest, humble life and his view that the true glories of life are available to all

    Non-Fiction of Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Excerpt from Chapter 2 of Grandfather's Chair: A History for Youth, 1840-41. In this passage Hawthorne discusses the Puritan settlements in Plymouth and Salem. Pioneer Village in Salem today was inspired by Hawthorne's description of John Winthrop's Salem.
  • Full text of Grandfather's Chair: A History for Youth 
  • Excerpt from "Chiefly About War Matters by A Peaceable Man," published in July, 1862 in the Atlantic. In this essay Hawthorne voices his doubts about the wisdom of the war after his experiences viewing a battlefield and a prisoner-of-war camp and talking with Abraham Lincoln. Hawthorne's views about the war are at odds with those of his friends, and the political incorrectness of Hawthorne's position left readers uneasy. In this excerpt Hawthorne remarks on his lack of sympathy for John Brown and expresses dismay at Emerson's statement in support of Brown. Full text of "Chiefly About War Matters by A Peaceable Man"