Reality and what one perceived as reality was something that Hawthorne was a master. Both Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne made use of the human mind as an instrument a person’s demise rather than actions. They understood the power of the human mind even though they did not know what we do today. They are s.
At the end of January 1847, Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe—the 24-year-old wife (and cousin) of Edgar Allan Poe—succumbed to tuberculosis in the couple’s cottage on the outskirts of New York City, in what is now the Bronx. Poe was devastated. The six years during which Virginia battled the disease were hard on Poe.