Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864), another monster of American literature! It is found, not in Salem, his hometown, today entirely dedicated to witches – as deemed authentic and burned in the seventeenth century that most contemporary grinning Halloween – but in the Berkshires. The author of The Scarlet Letter (1850) and The House of the Seven Gables (1851), Melville knew only by name. He read Mosses from an old manse (1846) later and write a long article in August 1850 a few days after meeting Hawthorne. For it was necessary that the meeting took place.