Life of Franklin Pierce

Life of Franklin Pierce

by Nathaniel Hawthorne


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Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864), was an American novelist and short story writer. He is seen as a key figure in the development of American literature for his tales of the nation's colonial history. Hawthorne's work belongs to Romanticism, an artistic and intellectual movement characterized by an emphasis on individual freedom from social conventions or political restraints, on human imagination, and on nature in a typically idealized form. He is best-known today for his many short stories (he called them "tales") and his four major romances: The Scarlet Letter (1850), The House of the Seven Gables (1851), The Blithedale Romance (1852) and The Marble Faun (1860).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781502496768
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/25/2014
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 528,474
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.10(d)

About the Author

One of the greatest authors in American literature, Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was a novelist and short story writer born in Salem, Massachusetts. Hawthorne’s best-known books include The House of the Seven Gables and The Scarlet Letter, works marked by a psychological depth and moral insight seldom equaled by other writers.

Date of Birth:

July 4, 1804

Date of Death:

May 19, 1864

Place of Birth:

Salem, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

Plymouth, New Hampshire


Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, 1824

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There's no denying that this is an amusing read, but that's pretty much where the praise ends. It was written in 1852 and the terminology reads like it. Hawthorne describes Pierce's law career with lavish praise like "The eloquence of Mr. Pierce is of a character not to be easily forgotten. He understands men, their passions, and their feelings. He knows the way to their hearts, and can make them vibrate to his touch." In 1852 it probably came off less suggestive than it does 160 years later. Of course, Hawthorne and Pierce were old college friends, and the whole reason Hawthorne wrote the book was to help his friend get elected president. So it's not surprising that he lays it on thick. In summation, Pierce was a great student, and then a great lawyer, a great soldier in the Mexican War, and then became a great senator. If everyone votes for him, he'll make a great president.
NYMetsNo1 More than 1 year ago
"The Life of Franklin Pierce" was written, as campaign propaganda to get Franklin Pierce elected President, by his old college buddy, Nathaniel Hawthorne. Pierce then managed, more than any other person, to exacerbate the start of the Civil War. Pierce was also the only sitting President NOT to get his OWN party's nomination. Pierce then decided to go back to drinking, and worked for the South during the Civil War. Oh, one other tidbit. Franklin Pierce is the great-great-granduncle of Barbara Pierce, who married and became Barbara Bush, and had a son, George W. I guess mediocrity runs in the family.