Sophia Peabody Hawthorne was born on this day in 1809. She and her husband Nathaniel Hawthorne had a gift in their love, which seemed to grow stronger each year. Even a decade into their marriage, Sophia wrote to her mother that she existed in a “blissful kind of confusion.”
In the common journal the Hawthornes kept in their early marriage, when they lived at the Old Manse in Concord, MA, Sophia wrote this:
“[T]o be drawn forever into lower deeps, seeing only space beyond space, this is the true enchantment, the endless communion, and this is his–this is my mystery.”
To celebrate Sophia’s birthday, and if you would like to learn more about their unique love story and creative lives, an audio version of THE HOUSE OF HAWTHORNE is up for grabs on Goodreads:
Enter to win, and please help spread the word! The giveaway ends next Monday, September 28th.