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Julian Hawthorne

(1846 - 1934)

Julian Hawthorne was an American writer and journalist, and the son of the famous novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne. Julian sought to forge his own path in the literary world, producing a number of novels, short stories, essays, and memoirs, though often his work is compared to the legacy of his father.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Julian was introduced to the company of his father's literary friends, including Herman Melville and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, which influenced his own literary pursuits. He graduated from Harvard College and began his career writing at home and abroad. He found early success with the mystery novel "Bressant" (1873) and went on to write genres ranging from historical romance to fantasy.

Despite his prolific output, Julian Hawthorne's career was not without controversy; he was briefly imprisoned for his involvement in a fraudulent mining scheme, an experience he later wrote about in "The Subterranean Brotherhood" (1914). His later years included stints as a journalist, during which he covered notable events such as the First World War for the New York Tribune.

Among his more significant contributions to literature is his editorial work on the "Hawthorne and His Circle" (1903), which provides intimate insights into the life of his father. Julian Hawthorne's dedication to his craft and his exploration of ethical and psychological themes reflect the complexity of his literary lineage and his efforts to contribute to American letters in his own right.

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