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Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was an American novelist, dark romantic, and short story writer. His published works include novels, short stories, and a biography of his college friend Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States. Some of his most famous works are the novels The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables, and the short story "Young Goodman Brown."
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The whole scene expressed the vain struggle of the gilded vanities of this world, when opposed to age, infirmity, sorrow, and death... There is a certain church in the city of New York which I have always...