Nathaniel described himself as the “obscurest man of

Hawthorne was a famous novelist who once described himself as the “obscurest
man of letters in America”.  This obscurest
man turned himself into one of the utmost fiction writers in American
Literature.  His works are very well known
still today.  Hawthorne used a variety of
elements when writing his stories, such as irony, symbolism, and ambiguity situations
which kept the stories a mystery.  His stories
were allegories that took ambition towards sin and corruption.  Hawthorne is an American Literature legend who
relied on his puritan history combined with his own creativity to create mythical

Hawthorne did not believe “that a literary vocation was serious or productive
work”, he was still determined to become a writer. (Meyer, 2014, p.301) After he
graduated from Bowdoin college, Hawthorne returned to Salem to live with his
mother.  For the next twelve years,
Hawthorne “read New England history as well as writers such as John Milton, William
Shakespeare and John Bunion” (Meyer,2014, p301).  While living a withdrawn life he devoted his
time trying to develop his own style of writing that would express his creative
energies.  Because Hawthorne set such
high standards for himself many of his early writings were destroyed and never

Hawthorne’s career, he had to take on additional employment because writing created
a financial hardship.  Some of the
employment was working for the Custom House which was a politically appointed job.
 He also worked in a utopian community
performing manual labor jobs.  Hawthorne
was at the peak of his career in the early 1850’s when he wrote the majority of
his writings.  Some of Hawthorne’s famous
writings consist of The Scarlett Letter,
Twice-Told Tales, and The Blithedale
Romance.  “His first novel, Fanshawe, was published anonymously in
1928 and was not attributed to the author until after his death” (Meyer, 2014,


became one of the greatest American Literature writers.  His writings all followed a similar pattern,
which veered toward a dark and gloomy plot and delved into personal inner
conflicts of his characters.  The
characters are “often consumed by their own passions, whether those passions
are motivated by an obsession with goodness or evil” (Meyer, 2014, p.302).  His writings are hard to understand because
they do not point to a single simple moral.  Instead they have many complex issues and unstable
meanings.  They rarely end on a happy

         Hawthorne was considered a major American
writer because his stories can be read on many different levels and have been
read for many generations.  His stories
have amused and challenged readers by keeping them entertained through complex and
mysterious storylines.  He drew his
readers in because they could experience some of the same twisted issues of the
characters.  Even though Hawthorne’s stories
are based around sin and corruption, readers today still enjoy his work.