Born in 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts, Nathaniel Hawthorne was the great-grandson of a prosecutor in the Salem Witch Trials, which provided the inspiration for a number of his stories, including The House of Seven Gables. He was a friend of many prominent New Englanders including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Amos Bronson Alcott, father of Louisa May Alcott. In 1841 he became a part of the Transcendentalist movement, which influenced his later writings, including his most famous novel, The Scarlet Letter. “Rappaccini’s Daughter” was written in 1844 and published in Hawthorne’s short story collection Mosses from an Old Manse.
Graphic Classics Volume 15
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