Why Famous: One of America's first authors, much of of his writing centers on New England, with many works featuring moral allegories with a Puritan inspiration. His themes often center on the inherent evil and sin of humanity, and his fiction works are considered part of the Romantic movement. His texts typically contained moral messages and deep psychological complexity.
- 1842-07-09 American writer "The Scarlett Letter" Nathaniel Hawthorne (38) marries painter and illustrator Sophia Peabody (33) in the Peabody's home, Boston
- 1850-03-16 Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" published by Ticknor, Reed and Fields in Boston
- "You can get assent to almost any proposition so long as you are not going to do anything about it."