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At the age of fourteen, Hawthorne came to reside with his mother in the house which her brothers had built for her on their new lands in Maine -- a large house, the walls of which are still standing, near the shores of Sebago Lake, in Raymond. He lived there several years, at different times, including some of the vacations of his college course. They were days of delight. With gun or fishing-rod in hand, he wandered at will through the unbroken forest, skirted the shores of the lake in his bouat, watching the lights and shadows on near and distant mountains, or, in winter, when the moonlight was on the ices, skated alone till midnight, building fires to chase the black shadows of the forest from the shores.

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Bowdoin College, Brunswick Maine, Nathaniel Hawthorne


English Language and Literature | Oral History

Nathaniel Hawthorne: An oration delivered before the alumni of Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, July 10, 1878



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