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Tales and Sketches by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Tales and Sketches

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Other authors: Roy Harvey Pearce (Editor)

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This amazing volume from LOA contains Hawthorne's imaginative work in short stories & tales that ranges from the gothic to the satirical to historical fiction to children stories. Twice-Told Tales, Mosses from an Old Manse, & the Snow Image are all gathered here along with his Wonder Book & Tanglewood Tales for children. These stories take you on a ride through the whimsical path to imagination from the gothic tale of the White Old Maid to the Snow Image that comes to life until it's sad demise before a heated instrument. Even the historical musings of Fort Ticonderoga & the memories of long ago of Puritans & the battles of Concord bridge take on a curious tale as if you were there along side the shadows lingering still. The last 2 sections of the volume gathers Hawthorne's popular, at least at the time, children stories, a retelling of ancient Greek mythology. Hawthorne was truly a gifted writer as one can see from his wide range of topics & imagination. ( )
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Omnibus collection of short writings by Nathaniel Hawthorne, in slightly modified order of original (usually periodical) publication, not in order of final book publication,
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"Tales and Sketches" offers what no reader has ever been able to find--an authoritative edition of Hawthorne's complete stories in a single comprehensive volume. Here is everything from his three collections, "Twice-told Tales," "Mosses from an Old Manse," "The Snow-Image, and Other Twice-told Tales," his two books of stories for children based on classical myths, "A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys" and "Tanglewood Tales," and sixteen uncollected stories. The unique arrangement by order of publication charts Hawthorne's evolution into one of the most powerful and experimental writers of American fiction. From familiar but always surprising works like "Young Goodman Brown," to masterly fables like "My Kinsman, Major Molineux," to lesser known gems like "The Wives of the Dead," these haunting stories of love and guilt, of duty and licence, of the fateful ties of family and nation, show why Hawthorne is a great artist, and an astonishingly contemporary one.

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The library of America is dedicated to publishing America's best and most significant writing in handsome, enduring volumes, featuring authoritative texts. Hailed as the "finest-looking, longest-lasting editions ever made" (The New Republic), Library of America volumes make a fine gift for any occasion. Now, with exactly one hundred volumes to choose from, there is a perfect gift for everyone.… (more)

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