After graduation he turned his passion of writing and published his first novel Fanshawe. This novel was unsuccessful, but it did not discourage Hawthorne. A few years later he wrote a few short stories and “Young Goodman Brown” was one of the famous ones. After realizing he could not make a living as a writer (because of the financial needs) he decided to enter the work force. In 1839 he obtained a job with Boston Custom House, but was dismissed three years later.
Author's Background: Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts on July 4th, 1804. Hawthorne lived poor due to his father's death when he was four, but he was helped by relatives and enrolled in college where he displayed an interest in writing. In college, he met a friend who would prove to be an invaluable help Franklin Pierce, future President of the United States. In 1825 he graduated and lived with his uncle in Salem for 12 years, devoting his time to reading, writing, and scrapping for publication. He spewed out several stories, but few sold for over $35 each.
These novels had been past down by his brother, who had to sneak the novels into the strict Methodist household. According to Ray Miller, the Crane family moved to Port Jervis, New York in 1878, but two years later marked the death or Crane’s father. Crane’s mother then moved the family to Asbury Park, New Jersey where Stephen Crane began to excel in public schools (285). Crane’s first short story was not published until after his death, which was called “ Uncle Jake and the Bell Handler” written in 1885 (285). At this time Crane enrolled into Pennington Se... ... middle of paper ... ...ience what it is like to be a hero (shaw 418).
At a time when few educational opportunities existed for black Americans, he studied math, music, literature and languages. He left Charlotte to take a job as assistant principal of the State Normal School. By age 22, he was its principal. "There's time enough, but none to spare."(1) Lack of opportunity to advance led him to go to New York City to find work at Dow, Jones and Company and also writes a financial news column for the New York Mail and Express. Later that year his son Edwin J. Chesnutt is born.
His early works were short stories put into periodicals and eventually into the Twice Told Tales which earned him fame. Then, he spent a year at both the Boston Custom House and the utopian Brook Farm. Both of these experiences stifled his imagination, and so he left. After marrying Sophia Peabody and having children, Hawthorne became destitute. So, he earned through Democratic Party ties a stable job at the Salem Custom House but lost it when the Whigs took over.
In 1826, Herman’s dad Alan wrote of him being slow and of being quite backwards in his thinking. A year later, Alan was tragically diagnosed with scarlet fever, leaving him almost permanently blind. Not being able to work, the family’s business collapsed. Seeking reinforcement they decided to move back to Albany, New York where Alan and his wife originally met. Herman then enrolled in Albany Academy, but just before another tragedy struck the family.
When he was only twelve, he began submitting stories to professional magazines, and he started his first novel in high school. He made his first fiction book sale when he was 20 years old, after graduating high school. Stephen attended the University of Maine to major in English, which he graduated from college in 1970. Life was tough for King in 1970, although he married Tabitha Spruce and had three children. He worked in a Laundromat, was a high school teacher, and continued to write on the side to support his family.
Robert Frost, a highly renowned poet of the twentieth century, transcribed many poems, and is regarded as the most influential poet of the American literary world. Frost’s childhood was quite dynamic. At age eleven, in 1885, Frost’s father perished from tuberculosis, and soon after, the family moved to Massachusetts. In the past, Frost played a lot of basketball and gallivanting with friends. Frost went to Dartmouth College after high school; however it was short-lived because he dropped out in less than a semester.
Because of this, he declared at age 14 that he only wanted to become a writer (Biography in depth). During his summers, he worked as hired help on several nearby ranches, which would later serve as inspiration for The Red Pony stories. After nearly dying from pneumonia in 1918, Steinbeck graduated from Salinas High School in 1919 and went to Stanford as an English major (New World Encyclopedia). In 1925, after several years of sporadic attendance, Steinbeck dropped out of Stanford and moved to New York City in order to pursue his dream of becoming a writer (French 13). This, however, was not his big break, and moved to his parents' summer home in Pacific Grove, California in 1928 (New World Encyclopedia).
His first novel, Fanshawe, was unsuccessful and Hawthorne himself disavowed it as amateurish. However, he wrote several successful short stories, including "My Kinsman, Major Molyneaux," "Roger Malvin's Burial" and "Young Goodman Brown." However, insufficient earnings as a writer forced Hawthorne to enter a career as a Boston Custom House measurer in 1839. After three years Hawthorne was dismissed from his job with the Salem Custom House. By 1842 his writing amassed Hawthorne a sufficient income for him to marry Sophia Peabody and move to The Manse in Concord, which was at that time the center of the Transcendental movement.