Hawthorne and Melville
In 1851-1852 a young Herman Melville and a somewhat more distinguished Nathaniel Hawthorne were involved in a Love relationship which was reportedly ended by Hawthorne. There are published Love letters and letters of desire between the two men; some with no attempt at subtlety with references to their intimacy. Critics and scholars have suggested that the following poem was written in response to Hawthorne’s death in 1864. Love is what we remember.