Posted on September 29, 2019 at 4:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

As much as we love the convenience of a word processor, there’s still something romantic about sitting down at a desk to scribble away.

That sentiment was even true in the pre-computer era, it seems, based on the musings of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s son.

Julian Hawthorne published a book on his famous father in 1903 titled Hawthorne and His Circle, and in one passage, he expresses reverence for Nathaniel's study ... and describes finding a secret cubbyhole within the desk, at which The Scarlet Letter was written.

Take a trip back in time through the New England Review's excerpt.

And PS ... last Thursday, we went to Hawthorne's birthplace and did see a desk he owned, but, sadly, inspection reveals that it's not the one described in the article.

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