SHARE

Quote of the week

‘Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.’
– Albert Schweitzer


Laugh Out Loud!
In what school do you learn how to greet people?
Find out the answer next week!

houseLast week’s answer: The letter ‘B’


 

Author of the week

Nathaniel-Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American writer who is best known for his novel “The Scarlet Letter”. His works are a part of Dark romanticism and most of them have been inspired by Puritan New England. Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts, United States to the Hathorne family, whose ancestors include John Hathorne, one of the leading judges in the Salem witch trials which were a series of trials held to prosecute people who were accused of witchcraft in Massachusetts between 1692 and 1693.

This resulted in Nathaniel changing his name to Hawthorne, with a W, in order to distance himself from his ancestor. Young Hawthorne spent time in Salem and Maine, before being sent to Bowdoin College in 1821, from which he graduated in 1825. More than a decade later, Hawthorne was appointed as the editor of the “American Magazine of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge” and during this time, he wrote several short stories for various magazines, some of which were later collected and published as one volume titled “Twice-Told Tales”.

After his marriage to Sophia Peabody, an illustrator, the Hawthornes moved to the Old Manse in Massachusetts and lived there for three years, before Hawthorne was appointed as the “Surveyor for the District of Salem and Beverly and Inspector of the Revenue for the Port of Salem” and later, as the corresponding secretary of the Salem Lyceum. Although he was unable to write during this period, he returned to writing in 1850 and published “The Scarlet Letter”, which became an immediate hit and also became his best known work.

With his rising fame, Hawthorne moved to Lenox, Massachusetts and it is here that he wrote “The House of the Seven Gables” (1851) and “The Blithedale Romance”( 1852). The Hawthornes once again moved to Concord, where Hawthorne wrote Franklin Pierce’s campaign biography and was appointed as United States consul in Liverpool after Pierce was elected as President. Hawthorne passed away at the age of 59 on May 19, 1864 in Plymouth, New Hampshire, US and was buried at “Authors’ Ridge” in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord.


 

Creative Cornerbee

Calling out all the Bookworms across the country!
Welcome to Creative Corner where all creativity and fun exist. Each week we’re giving you the opportunity to write a short story or a poem related to the given topic and the best story or poem will be featured in our page next week (or the week after). So grab your pens, notebooks and thinking caps and let your imagination do the rest. And don’t forget to send it to The Nation when you’re done.
Happy writing Bookworms!
Topic: The Invisible Man
Deadline: July 16, 2015


Cartoon Corner

cartoon


Kids’ Corner

Fun book to read
Rainbow Magic: Taylor the Talent Show Fairy

book

Book of the week
The Giver – Lois Lowry

book2


Teens’ Corner

Weirdest libraries you might’ve ever heard of

Ever heard of a library which is actually a vending machine or a mobile library where the donkeys and camels carry the books around? As crazy as it sounds they actually exist! So, let’s take a look at some of the weirdest libraries around the world.

Ever heard of a library which is actually a vending machine or a mobile library where the donkeys and camels carry the books around? As crazy as it sounds they actually exist! So, let’s take a look at some of the weirdest libraries around the world.

machine


 

Library camels
Camels are mainly used for transportation in deserts, but it looks like Kenya has found yet another use of camels and that is the project called ‘Library Camels’, where loads of books are kept on their backs as if they were mobile libraries. They are then taken to poor villages to help the people to improve their knowledge and reading skills. The same method is used for donkeys in Colombia.

camel