"What do you think of my becoming an author, and relying for support upon my pen?"
Wrote Nathaniel Hawthorne, while a student at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine in 1821, to his mother in Salem, Massachusetts, declaring that he did not want to study to be a minister, lawyer, or physician.
Hawthorne's Early Writings
Hawthorne published his first collection of short stories, Twice-Told Tales, in 1837.
In 1842, he married Sophia Peabody and moved to Concord, Massachusetts, where they rented the Old Manse adjacent to the historic North Bridge. In 1846, Hawthorne's second collection of short stories, Mosses from an Old Manse, was published while they were living in Boston.
By year's end, Hawthorne returned to Salem where he began working at the U.S. Custom House. Hawthorne's most famous work, The Scarlet Letter, was written during his time living in Salem, and was published in 1850.
The family moved that year to Lenox, Massachusetts, where he wrote his next novel, The House of the Seven Gables, published in 1851.