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A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys (Everyman's Library Children's Classics) [Hardcover]

Nathaniel Hawthorne , Arthur Rackman
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Oct 1994 Everyman's Library Children's Classics
Six legends of Greek mythology, retold for children by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Included are The Gorgon’s Head, The Golden Touch, The Paradise of Children, The Three Golden Apples, The Miraculous Pitcher, and The Chimaera. In 1838, Hawthorne suggested to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow that they collaborate on a story for children based on the legend of the Pandora’s Box, but this never materialized. He wrote A Wonder Book between April and July 1851, adapting six legends most freely from Charles Anton’s A Classical Dictionary (1842). He set out deliberately to “modernize” the stories, freeing them from what he called “cold moonshine” and using a romantic, readable style that was criticized by adults but proved universally popular with children. With full-color illustrations throughout by Arthur Rackham.


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  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman's Library (Oct 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067943643X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679436430
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 16.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,502,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was an American novelist and short story writer. Nathaniel Hathorne was born in 1804 in the city of Salem, Massachusetts to Nathaniel Hathorne and Elizabeth Clarke Manning Hathorne. His ancestors include John Hathorne, a judge during the Salem Witch Trials. Nathaniel later added a "w" to make his name "Hawthorne". He entered Bowdoin College in 1821, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1824, and graduated in 1825. Hawthorne anonymously published his first work, a novel titled Fanshawe, in 1828. He published several short stories in various periodicals which he collected in 1837 as Twice-Told Tales. The next year, he became engaged to Sophia Peabody. He worked at a Custom House and joined Brook Farm, a transcendentalist community, before marrying Peabody in 1842. The couple moved to The Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts, later moving to Salem, the Berkshires, then to The Wayside in Concord. The Scarlet Letter was published in 1850, followed by a succession of other novels. A political appointment took Hawthorne and family to Europe before their return to The Wayside in 1860. Hawthorne died on May 19, 1864, leaving behind his wife and their three children. Much of Hawthorne's writing centers around 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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A feast for the eyes and the imagination 23 Dec 2000
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I gave this book to my granddaughter as a christening present - and not surprisingly, her mother wanted one too. The illustrations are beautiful in their delicacy and sense of fantasy; the stories are captivating and thought-provoking on both a child and adult level, never patronising, always interesting - and a great introduction to Greek mythology.A book to give lifelong pleasure to touch, look at and read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!!! 8 Aug 2005
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Here you have a joy ahead of you, this book casts a magic spell, Eustace Bright enthrals his young listeners with his story-telling, I will read this book again & again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative and excellent... 24 April 2010
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Puts many more recent translations and adaptations of the Greek Myths to shame with the sheer quality of the writing. At times you can tell where stories have been 'softened' for the more careful times in which it was written, but that actually makes it even more evocative. Well worth buying!
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