Hawthorne, Nathaniel. An eminent American writer. Born at Salem, MA, in 1804. Hawthorne graduated at Bowdoin College in 1825, and in 1837 he published his "Twice-told Tales," a work highly spoken of by the "North American Review." In 1846 Hawthorne was appointed surveyor of the port of Salem, and in 1853, United States Consul at Liverpool, England, a position he held for four years. Hawthorne's reputation will mainly rest upon "The Scarlet Letter," "The House of the Seven Gables," and "The Blithedale Romance," works of the very highest order of merit. Died 1864.