I was an idle student, negligent of college rules and the Procrustean details of academic life, rather choosing to nurse my own fancies than to dig into Greek roots and be numbered among the learned Thebans.
As he looked back on this period of his life, he wrote: Horatio Bridge offered to cover the risk of collecting these stories in the spring of into the volume Twice-Told Tales , which made Hawthorne known locally.
While at Bowdoin, Hawthorne wagered a bottle of Madeira wine with his friend Jonathan Cilley that Cilley would get married before Hawthorne did.
He had public flirtations with Mary Silsbee and Elizabeth Peabody ,  then he began pursuing Peabody's sister, illustrator and transcendentalist Sophia Peabody.
He joined the transcendentalist Utopian community at Brook Farm in , not because he agreed with the experiment but because it helped him save money to marry Sophia.
His neighbor Ralph Waldo Emerson invited him into his social circle, but Hawthorne was almost pathologically shy and stayed silent at gatherings.
Like Hawthorne, Sophia was a reclusive person. Throughout her early life, she had frequent migraines and underwent several experimental medical treatments.
The Hawthornes enjoyed a long and happy marriage. He referred to her as his "Dove" and wrote that she "is, in the strictest sense, my sole companion; and I need no other—there is no vacancy in my mind, any more than in my heart Thank God that I suffice for her boundless heart!
She wrote in one of her journals:. I am always so dazzled and bewildered with the richness, the depth, the Poet Ellery Channing came to the Old Manse for help on the first anniversary of the Hawthornes' marriage.
A local teenager named Martha Hunt had drowned herself in the river and Hawthorne's boat Pond Lily was needed to find her body. Hawthorne helped recover the corpse, which he described as "a spectacle of such perfect horror She was the very image of death-agony".
The Hawthornes had three children. Their first was daughter Una, born March 3, ; her name was a reference to The Faerie Queene , to the displeasure of family members.
There is no escaping it any longer. I have business on earth now, and must look about me for the means of doing it. Hawthorne wrote to his sister Louisa on June 22, I am trying to resume my pen Whenever I sit alone, or walk alone, I find myself dreaming about stories, as of old; but these forenoons in the Custom House undo all that the afternoons and evenings have done.
I should be happier if I could write. This employment, like his earlier appointment to the custom house in Boston, was vulnerable to the politics of the spoils system.
Hawthorne was a Democrat and lost this job due to the change of administration in Washington after the presidential election of He wrote a letter of protest to the Boston Daily Advertiser which was attacked by the Whigs and supported by the Democrats, making Hawthorne's dismissal a much-talked about event in New England.
Hawthorne returned to writing and published The Scarlet Letter in mid-March ,  including a preface that refers to his three-year tenure in the Custom House and makes several allusions to local politicians—who did not appreciate their treatment.
Lawrence said that there could be no more perfect work of the American imagination than The Scarlet Letter. Hawthorne and his family moved to a small red farmhouse near Lenox, Massachusetts , at the end of March Hawthorne's time in the Berkshires was very productive.
They left on November 21, I have felt languid and dispirited, during almost my whole residence. In May , the Hawthornes returned to Concord where they lived until July During his time in Italy, the previously clean-shaven Hawthorne grew a bushy mustache.
The family returned to The Wayside in ,  and that year saw the publication of The Marble Faun , his first new book in seven years.
He wrote about his experiences in the essay " Chiefly About War Matters " in Failing health prevented him from completing several more romances.
Hawthorne was suffering from pain in his stomach and insisted on a recuperative trip with his friend Franklin Pierce, though his neighbor Bronson Alcott was concerned that Hawthorne was too ill.
Pierce sent a telegram to Elizabeth Peabody asking her to inform Mrs. Hawthorne was too saddened by the news to handle the funeral arrangements herself.
His wife Sophia and daughter Una were originally buried in England. However, in June , they were reinterred in plots adjacent to Hawthorne.
Hawthorne had a particularly close relationship with his publishers William Ticknor and James Thomas Fields. Hawthorne's works belong to romanticism or, more specifically, dark romanticism ,  cautionary tales that suggest that guilt, sin, and evil are the most inherent natural qualities of humanity.
Hawthorne was predominantly a short story writer in his early career. Upon publishing Twice-Told Tales , however, he noted, "I do not think much of them," and he expected little response from the public.
Another novel-length romance, Fanshawe , was published anonymously in Hawthorne defined a romance as being radically different from a novel by not being concerned with the possible or probable course of ordinary experience.
Critics have applied feminist perspectives and historicist approaches to Hawthorne's depictions of women. This can affect whether participants believe something, if they act on it or do not see it as in their interest, etc.
Possible explanations for the Hawthorne effect include the impact of feedback and motivation towards the experimenter. Receiving feedback on their performance may improve their skills when an experiment provides this feedback for the first time.
Parsons defines the Hawthorne effect as "the confounding that occurs if experimenters fail to realize how the consequences of subjects' performance affect what subjects do" [i.
His key argument is that in the studies where workers dropped their finished goods down chutes, the participants had access to the counters of their work rate.
Mayo contended that the effect was due to the workers reacting to the sympathy and interest of the observers. He does say that this experiment is about testing overall effect, not testing factors separately.
He also discusses it not really as an experimenter effect but as a management effect: A lot to do with feeling free, not feeling supervised but more in control as a group.
The experimental manipulations were important in convincing the workers to feel this way: The experiment was repeated with similar effects on mica -splitting workers.
Harry Braverman points out that the Hawthorne tests were based on industrial psychology and were investigating whether workers' performance could be predicted by pre-hire testing.
The Hawthorne study showed "that the performance of workers had little relation to ability and in fact often bore an inverse relation to test scores This discovery was a blow to those hoping to apply the behavioral sciences to manipulate workers in the interest of management.
The economists Steven Levitt and John A. List long pursued without success a search for the base data of the original illumination experiments, before finding it in a microfilm at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee in It is also possible that the illumination experiments can be explained by a longitudinal learning effect.
Parsons has declined to analyse the illumination experiments, on the grounds that they have not been properly published and so he cannot get at details, whereas he had extensive personal communication with Roethlisberger and Dickson.
Evaluation of the Hawthorne effect continues in the present day. Various medical scientists have studied possible trial effect clinical trial effect in clinical trials.
The latter may have several mechanisms: Despite the observer effect as popularized in the Hawthorne experiments being perhaps falsely identified see above discussion , the popularity and plausibility of the observer effect in theory has led researchers to postulate that this effect could take place at a second level.
Thus it has been proposed that there is a secondary observer effect when researchers working with secondary data such as survey data or various indicators may impact the results of their scientific research.
Rather than having an effect on the subjects as with the primary observer effect , the researchers likely have their own idiosyncrasies that influence how they handle the data and even what data they obtain from secondary sources.
For one, the researchers may choose seemingly innocuous steps in their statistical analyses that end up causing significantly different results using the same data; e.
In addition, researchers may use software packages that have different default settings that lead to small but significant fluctuations.
Finally, the data that researchers use may not be identical, even though it seems so. For example, the OECD collects and distributes various socio-economic data; however, these data change over time such that a researcher who downloads the Australian GDP data for the year may have slightly different values than a researcher who downloads the same Australian GDP data a few years later.
The idea of the secondary observer effect was floated by Nate Breznau in a thus far relatively obscure paper. Although little attention has been paid to this phenomenon, the scientific implications are very large.
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