Nathaniel Hawthorne Statue

One of the last works of a famous sculptor, this statue of Nathaniel Hawthorne depicts the writer near the end of his life. The sculptor, Bela Lyon Pratt, studied art in New Haven, New York, and Paris and after 1893, was a teacher at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Pratt was commissioned by the Hawthorne Memorial Association in 1910 and completed the sculpture in 1916. The statue was not dedicated until 1925, the same year that the Hawthorne Hotel opened.

Nathaniel Hawthorne, one of the most celebrated American writers, was born not far from this spot in 1804. Spurred by a love of literature and a drive for fame, Hawthorne wrote novels, short stories, and children’s books from the 1820s until the 1860s. The Scarlet Letter published in 1850, is considered by many as his masterpiece. His work was popular in his lifetime and is still widely read today.

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