Hawthorne & Franklin Pierce

At the end of Why Read Moby Dick, Nathanael Philbrick recounts the story of how Herman Melville’s friend, Nathanael Hawthorne, had written a campaign biography for the presidential candidate Franklin Pierce.  Hawthorne and Pierce had been friends since their college days at Bowdoin.  Someone quipped that the Pierce biography was Hawthorne’s greatest work of fiction.

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