1828 : Nathaniel Hawthorne, Class of 1825, self-publishes his first novel, Fanshawe. The novel is loosely based upon his experiences as a student at Bowdoin. Years later, embarrassed by the youthful work, Hawthorne attempts to have all the books recalled and destroyed. When the book was republished posthumously, his wife Sophia denied any knowledge of it and rejected claims that it had been written by her late husband. Today, only four known copies of the original printing exist, including one in Bowdoin’s George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives.