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Portrait of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Charles Osgood, 1840
(courtesy of the Peabody Essex Museum)


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Website last updated: July 18, 2016.

Researchers Determine Execution Site of Accused Salem Witches

An article in the Jan. 11, 2016 Salem News entitled "Proctorís Ledge in Salem Confirmed as Witch Execution Site" describes the research that led to this conclusion by scholars after five years of research. Another article in the Washington Post also discusses the findings.

Here is a picture of Proctorís Ledge, Salem, the newly confirmed site of the hanging of the accused witches (photography by Joseph R. Modugno)

Another NSCC Literary Website

Poetry of Places in Essex County
Take a literary journey to Lynn, Gloucester, and Nahant, Massachusetts and explore Essex County's most treasured places through poetry, photographs, postcards, and paintings. Site developed by Professor Emeritus Carl Carlsen, North Shore Community College.

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New York Times article "Retracing a Vengeful Motherís Path of Escape" by Jay Atkinson, Nov 15, 2015
Atkinson writes about his journey on the Merrimack River, near Concord, NH, retracing Hannah Dustonís 1697 escape from captivity by the Abenaki warriors.

We have posted three new links to websites featuring articles and the recently discovered notes by Thoreau made during his search of the shoreline on Fire Island where the ship Margaret Fuller was on capsized in July, 1850, and she, her husband, and her child died.

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Valenti, Patricia Dunlavy. Sophia Peabody Hawthorne: A Life, Volume 2, 1848-1871. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2014. This book is now available.

According to the press release by the University of Missouri Press, in this second volume of her acclaimed biography of Sophia Hawthorne, "Patricia Dunlavy Valenti's thorough research culminates in a compelling account of Sophia's travels to Great Britain and Europe and her intense personal relationships beyond her marriage with men and women, among them notable figures in American history and literature. The details of this less examined and surprising second half of Sophia's life demonstrate her contributions as a travel writer and art critic in addition to her extensive influence upon Nathaniel Hawthorne's writing."

Note: Sophia Peabody Hawthorne: A Life, Volume 1, 1809-1847 (published by the University of Missouri Press in 2004) is also available.

Also by Patricia Dunlavy Valenti: To Myself A Stranger A Biography of Rose Hawthorne Lathrop. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State UP, 1991.

NPR Interviews Professor Sam Coale for Story on Hawthorne and Melville
The Hawthorne in Salem Website was approached by NPR for help on a story on Hawthorne and Melville, so we suggested NPR interview Dr. Samuel Coale, Hawthorne scholar and professor of English at Wheaton College in Norton, MA. NPR did interview Professor Coale, and here is a link to the story.

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