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3. Gothic Undercurrents

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Nathaniel Hawthorne - Selected Archive Items

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[1029] Wilfred A. French, The Old Manse (n.d.), from F. B. Sanborn, Emerson and His Friends in Concord (1890),
courtesy of Cornell University Library, Making of America Digital Collection.
Ralph Waldo Emerson loaned his home at the Old Manse to Nathaniel Hawthorne for three years.

[1544] E. Percy Moran, A Fair Puritan (1897),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZC4-4290].
A young woman stands in the snow with a bundle of ivy. Hawthorne found inspiration in his Puritan ancestors for a number of his works, many of which explored the inescapable and often malign influence of the past upon the present.

[1549] T. H. Matteson, The Trial of George Jacobs, August 5, 1692 (1855),
courtesy of the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts.
Painted 163 years after the trial, this painting depicts Salem girls fainting, screaming, and attempting to fly as George Jacobs is convicted and sentenced to death for practicing witchcraft.

[2106] Thomas Phillibrown, Nathaniel Hawthorne (1851),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-93807].
This portrait was used as the frontispiece of the 1851 edition of Twice-Told Tales, a collection of Hawthorne's short stories that was originally published in 1837.

[7241] Eric Muller, Custom House, South Front and East Side (1958),
courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Historic American Buildings Survey [HABS, MASS, 5-SAL, 48-1].
This brick Custom House in Salem, Massachusetts, is an example of the Federal style of architecture. Much of Salem's wealth in the early nineteenth century was in the maritime trade.

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