Surrounded by Friends, He Wrote About a Brave Woman’s Loneliness
Nathaniel Hawthorne has been hailed as America’s greatest novelist – even 200 years after his birth. He broke his day’s rules – portraying strong women in an age when females were expected to be frilly and subservient. He dared to defy conventions – boldly choosing a woman branded for adultery as the hero of his first bestseller. But you probably didn’t know that his greatest book almost didn’t get published!