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Hawthorne at Salem

Scholars' Forum - Hawthorne in Salem

You can now explore the Hawthorne in Salem Website.

Portrait of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Charles Osgood, 1840 (courtesy of the Peabody Essex Museum) To begin, click on any of the areas listed in the menu on the left: Life and Times, Literature, Buildings and Houses, Explore, Scholars' Forum, Archives. Then select a topic, subtopic and a related resource from the dropdown menus. You may also at any time click on the Timeline or Maps located on the menu. To search for content use the Site Search located at the upper right of the screen.  

Portrait of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Charles Osgood, 1840
(courtesy of the Peabody Essex Museum) 


Website last updated: January 28, 2019.

Call for Papers: Nathaniel Hawthorne Society

The Annual Conference of the MLA will meet in Seattle on January 9-12, 2020.

The Nathaniel Hawthorne Society invites proposals investigating the topic, “Hawthorne, his Circle, and the Digital Humanities,” or “DH for NH,” for short.
See the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society Website for more information:

Abstracts of 250 words to Nancy Sweet at by March 1, 2019.


Recommended Book

Nathaniel Hawthorne in Context (Literature in Context) by Monika M. Elbert (Editor)

Extensive examination of the historical and cultural context of Hawthorne’s work, including such topics as women, African-Americans, and Native Americans in nineteenth century America as well as Hawthorne’s interest in areas such as mesmerism and utopian communities.  The book also considers Hawthorne’s popular success, his social circle, and the influence of other writers and his family on his creative spirit.

Lynn Museum Computer Kiosk Exhibit
On display at the Lynn Museum in Lynn, MA is a computer kiosk that features three websites on Essex County writers developed at North Shore Community College: Hawthorne in Salem, Poetry of Places in Essex County and John Greenleaf Whittier: Essex County’s Famous Son.