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Hawthorne's copy of the Laws of Bowdoin College. Brunswick: Printed by Joseph Griffin, 1824. Gift: In memory of Edward A. Noyes by Sidney Webb Noyes.

Although surnamed "Hathorne" throughout his youth and college days, these doodlings show that Hawthorne was already considering other spelling forms. Whether he ultimately added the "w" to insure the short "a" pronunciation or to return to an ancient form of the family name, as he later claimed, has never been proved. all text copyright Bowdoin College, 2009.
(courtesy of Nathaniel Hawthorne Collection, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine)
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