"This old town of Salem—my native place, though I have dwelt much away from it, both in boyhood and maturer years"
A map showing all the places Hawthorne had lived prior to 1850
Public DomainA map showing all the places Hawthorne had lived prior to 1850
Nathaniel Hawthorne's birthplace
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeNathaniel Hawthorne's birthplace - Credit: Lunita Lu

When The Scarlet Letter was published in 1850, Hawthorne had spent twenty-eight of his forty-one years in Salem, the town of his birth. These had been interspersed with a family experiment at living in the wilderness of Raymond, Maine; four years absorbing the classics and religion at Bowdoin College in Brunswick; a period of editing the doomed American Magazine of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge at Boston; stints at North Adams and the utopian community of Brook Farm; and, most recently, three years at the Old Manse.in Concord, Massachusetts.

For more detail about Hawthorne's life, have a look at the Author page.