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Hawthorne, Nathaniel (1804–64) American novelist and short story writer, 

The Oxford Companion to English Literature
Dinah BirchDinah Birch

born at Salem, Massachusetts. He was a descendant of members of a Puritan family notorious for their persecution of the so‐called Witches of Salem. Hawthorne (who adopted this spelling of the family name) spent a solitary childhood with his mother, a widowed recluse, during which he read widely; he was educated at Bowdoin College, Brunswick (with ... ...

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