The novelist visits Washington in wartime—and is then censored by The Atlantic.
"I have been measuring coal all day on board of a black little British schooner, in a dismal dock at the north-end of the city"
The opening section of an unfinished novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne
During the Civil War, the author of The Scarlett Letter travels from Massachusetts to Washington, D.C., to interview civil and military leaders. The piece is peppered with humorous asides—faux "editorial notes" that reflect Hawthorne's clashes with Atlantic editors. (Click here for a fuller explanation.)