Rightly regarded as one of the great figures of American letters, Nathaniel Hawthorne is best known for such works as The House of the Seven Gables, and of course one of America's oft-cited morality tales, The Scarlet Letter. He was part of a wide circle of other notable figures in 19th-century American literature that included Henry David Thoreau, Herman Melville, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Given his strong connection with New England and his birth in Salem, Massachusetts, it is not surprising that the acclaimed Peabody Museum in that same town has mounted a significant exhibit to commemorate the bicentennial of Hawthorne's birth in 1804. For those who cannot make it to Salem in the coming months, this online exhibit is a true delight. The site includes the complete digitized images of "The Spectator", which was a hand-copied newspaper produced by Hawthorne when he was 16. Clearly, those with a penchant for learning about the life of Hawthorne will want to make several trips to this site.


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