"Death possesses a good deal of real estate": References to Gravestones and Burial Grounds in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "American Notebooks" and Selected Fictional Works.

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      This essay examines Nathaniel Hawthorne's use of graveyards as settings and plot elements in his book "American Notebooks." Most of Hawthorne's interesting uses of burial grounds and gravestones in his fiction are directly related to specific entries he made in the "American Notebooks." Literal graveyards such as the Charter Street Burial Ground in Salem, Massachusetts and Kings' Chapel Burial Ground in Boston, Massachusetts inspired Hawthorne's use of graveyards in fiction. In the course of his lifetime, Hawthorne experience first hand the transformation from village graveyard to rural cemetery as the dominant funerary landscape in the U.S.