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  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Mediamorphosis (28 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 6069225333
  • ISBN-13: 978-6069225332
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,696,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The most luxuriant of the seed-bed sowers of American literature' Simon Schama 'The style of Hawthorne is purity itself. His tone is singularly effective - wild, plaintive, thoughtful' Edgar Allan Poe 'The allegorist par excellence' Telegraph --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Nathaniel Hawthorne (born Nathaniel Hathorne; July 4, 1804 – May 19, 1864) was an American novelist and short story writer. Much of Hawthorne's writing centers on New England, many works featuring moral allegories with a Puritan inspiration. His fiction works are considered part of the Romantic movement and, more specifically, Dark romanticism. His themes often center on the inherent evil and sin of humanity, and his works often have moral messages and deep psychological complexity. His published works include novels, short stories, and a biography of his friend Franklin Pierce. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rod on 19 April 2011
Format: Paperback
this is a long forgotten book from my childhood. Well known stories easily readable and exciting. so glad I found it again.
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This one was a childhood favourite that I thought was a love of my life - but a return to Mr Hawthorne's tangled tales from Mythology after all these years proved a disappointment. It all seems to patronising now.
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By lellgee on 14 Jan. 2015
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Not the edition of the book pictured!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
At 79 y/o and remember this book vividly from childhood. 8 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Library Binding
A wonderful collection of tales for children, however, the edition available from amazon does not have the wonderful illustrations which did so much to enhance the stories. Try to get the old version.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Six wondrous tales from Greek mythology, marred by inferior binding and paper quality 17 Mar. 2013
By Z Hayes - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My first Calla Edition was Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe. It is a work of extraordinary beauty and I've been collecting the various titles issued by Calla Editions since. Here's what I've noted: The quality of each Calla Edition up to 2011 is superior in terms of binding, paper quality, the illustrations, and content. These Calla Editions are a must-have in every collector's library and will bring great pleasure to bibliophiles. The Calla Editions printed in and prior to 2011 were printed in the United States and are of stellar quality, whereas those printed in 2012 onwards were manufactured in China, and the change in quality is noticeable - the bindings look and feel cheap, and do not hold up well (I own two of these inferior Calla Editions), the paper is thick yet not as creamy or smooth like the previous editions, and the illustrations do not feel glossy either. So buyers of the later (2012 and after) editions might want to be aware of this.

The binding on this title "Tanglewood Tales" is inferior. It scuffs easily and does not have the glossy leather like finish of previous Calla editions. Unlike Calla editions of 2011 and earlier, the paper here is 150 gsm Chinese Premium paper 1.3 and is bound in Wibalin. The earlier Calla editions were printed on high quality Utopian ivory paper. Even though the paper in this edition is thick, it lacks the smooth finish of earlier Calla editions. This shows especially in the illustrations which lack the smooth, glossy finish of earlier editions.

Despite its flaws, I gave this edition three stars because I love the six stories from Greek mythology included here, i.e. The Minotaur, The Pygmies, The Dragon's Teeth, Circe's Palace, The Pomegranate Seeds, and The Golden Fleece. The 22 illustrations by Virginia Frances Sterrett include both color and black and white illustrations which are exquisite. I just wish the publishers had not skimped on the quality of the binding and paper.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
More Greek myths that "raise the intellect and fancy to the level of childhood" 5 Nov. 2005
By D. Cloyce Smith - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In 1853 Hawthorne followed up the moderate success of his first collection of children's stories with "Tanglewood Tales for Girls and Boys, Being a Second Wonder Book." Like the first "Wonder Book," this volume gathers six more Greek myths rendered "presentable to children."

In the process, the author strips away "everything that is most abhorrent to our Christianized moral sense," not the least of which is anything that might imply that the Greek gods are, well, gods. On the one hand, it's hard to agree with Hawthorne's argument that "the objectionable characteristics seem to be a parasitic growth, having no connection with the original fable." On the other hand, the six bowdlerized stories, like the predecessors still "raise the intellect and fancy to the level of childhood, in order to re-create the original myths." In recasting these tales, then, Hawthorne has made something new and rather glorious out of them.

The stories as a group are not as well-known to young readers as those in the earlier volume. You'll find the Minotaur and the labyrinth, as well as Jason and the Golden Fleece. But there are also Hercules and the Pygmies, Cadmus and the famous dragon's teeth (which have inspired as many literary references as they had spawned soldiers), Ulysses and the sorcery of Circe (book 10 of "The Odyssey"), and the abduction (sans rape) of Proserpina by Pluto.

Gone are the interludes found in the earlier volume that described a horde of precocious neighborhood children encouraging and teasing their young narrator, Eustace Bright. Instead, Hawthorne presents them as polished manuscripts that had been honed and approved by the children, who are "even more delighted with the contents of the present volume than with the specimens which have already been given to the world." The stories are wondrous, in no small part because they are not as familiar. One drawback, however--as a cursory examination of the six subjects hints--is that each tale carries on a bit about the journeys that lead to the adventure; some children might feel these stories feature less action and more questing. But they are still loads of fun, and great for kids of all ages.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Flipping the pages of time 19 Aug. 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
We took some time to flip through Tanglewood Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Virginia Frances Sterrett, a book from the "Vintage books ~ restored" collection. Original clip music by Kevin MacLeod.
We hope you'll enjoy the clip (and the book, and the music) just as much as we did when filming it (and reading it, and listening to this sweet music).
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great introduction to Greek mythology for children 1 April 2000
By Kitty - Published on
Format: Library Binding
I am 30-ish. When I was a child, my grandfather who lived overseas sent me "Tanglewood Tales." From the second I opened it, I was enthralled - not just by the stories, but by the fabulous illustrations. I agree wholeheartedly with the 79 year old reviewer who commented on how much good illustrations enhance a good book. But even without drawings, the book is well worth reading. I took that book with me on one of our family's summer holidays and the entire family spent many an evening before bedtime absorbed by the doings of the Gods.
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