A Wonder Book: Heroes and Monsters of Greek Mythology

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Evil creatures, magical feats, and adventure abound in this classic archive of six ancient tales. A captivating recounting for youngsters by one of America's greatest writers. "The Gorgon's Head," "The Golden Touch," "The Paradise of Children," "The Three Golden Apples," "The Miraculous Pitchers," and "The Chimaera."

Retells six classic Greek myths: The gorgon's head; The golden touch; The paradise of children; The three golden ...

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Overview

Evil creatures, magical feats, and adventure abound in this classic archive of six ancient tales. A captivating recounting for youngsters by one of America's greatest writers. "The Gorgon's Head," "The Golden Touch," "The Paradise of Children," "The Three Golden Apples," "The Miraculous Pitchers," and "The Chimaera."

Retells six classic Greek myths: The gorgon's head; The golden touch; The paradise of children; The three golden apples; The miraculous pitcher; and The chimaera.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486432090
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 12/12/2003
  • Series: Dover Children's Evergreen Classics Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 351,732
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Nathaniel Hawthorne
"Words -- so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them," Nathaniel Hawthorne once reflected. Hawthorne's own words indeed had an undeniable power. Author of The Scarlet Letter and originator of the American short story, Hawthorne left an indelible impression on literature that would influence his fellow writers into the next century.

Biography

Nathaniel Hathorne, Jr., was born into an established New England puritan family on Independence Day, 1804, in Salem, Massachusetts. After the sudden death of his father, he and his mother and sisters moved in with his mother's family in Salem. Nathaniel's early education was informal; he was home-schooled by tutors until he enrolled in Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

Uninterested in conventional professions such as law, medicine, or the ministry, Nathaniel chose instead to rely "for support upon my pen." After graduation, he returned to his hometown, wrote short stories and sketches, and chanced the spelling of his surname to "Hawthorne." Hawthorne's coterie consisted of transcendentalist thinkers, including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Although he did not subscribe entirely to the group's philosophy, he lived for six months at Brook Farm, a cooperative living community the transcendentalists established in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.

On July 9, 1942, Hawthorne married a follower of Emerson, Sophia Peabody, with whom he had a daughter, Una, and a son, Julian. The couple purchased a mansion in Concord, Massachusetts, that previously had been occupied by author Louisa May Alcott. Frequently in financial difficulty, Hawthorne worked at the custom houses in Salem and Boston to support his family and his writing. His peaceful life was interrupted when his college friend, Franklin Pierce, now president of the United States, appointed him U.S. consul at Liverpool, England, where he served for four years.

The publication of The Scarlet Letter in 1850 changed the way society viewed Puritanism. Considered his masterpiece, the novel focuses on Hawthorne's recurrent themes of sin, guilt, and punishment. Some critics have attributed his sense of guilt to his ancestors' connection with the persecution of Quakers in seventeenth-century New England and their prominent role in the Salem witchcraft trials in the 1690s.

On May 19, 1864, Hawthorne died in Plymouth, New Hampshire, leaving behind several unfinished novels that were published posthumously. He is buried at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of The Scarlet Letter.

Good To Know

Hawthorne's birth name was actually Nathaniel Hathorne. It's rumored that he added a "w" to avoid being associated with his Puritan grandfather, Judge Hathorne -- who presided over the Salem Witch Trials.

Among Hawthorne's peers at Maine's Bowdoin College: author Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Franklin Pierce, who would later become the country's 14th president.

In its first week of publication, The Scarlet Letter sold 4,000 copies.

Hawthorne died on May 19, 1864, at the Pemigewasset House in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Ironically, former president Franklin Pierce had advised him to go there for his health.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      July 4, 1804
    2. Place of Birth:
      Salem, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Death:
      May 19, 1864
    2. Place of Death:
      Plymouth, New Hampshire
    1. Education:
      Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, 1824

Table of Contents

Preface vii
The Gorgon's Head
Tanglewood Porch--Introductory to "The Gorgon's Head" 1
The Gorgon's Head 6
Tanglewood Porch--After the Story 30
The Golden Touch
Shadow Brook--Introductory to "The Golden Touch" 32
The Golden Touch 35
Shadow Brook--After the Story 52
The Paradise of Children
Tanglewood Play-Room--Introductory to "The Paradise of Children" 55
The Paradise of Children 58
Tanglewood Play-Room--After the Story 74
The Three Golden Apples
Tanglewood Fireside--Introductory to "The Three Golden Apples" 76
The Three Golden Apples 81
Tanglewood Fireside--After the Story 101
The Miraculous Pitcher
The Hill-Side--Introductory to "The Miraculous Pitcher" 104
The Miraculous Pitcher 107
The Hill-Side--After the Story 126
The Chimaera
Bald-Summit--Introductory to "The Chimaera" 128
The Chimaera 131
Bald-Summit--After the Story 154
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    A very enjoyable read!

    After sharing the Percy Jackson series with my son who is totally enthralled with Greek and Roman mythology,we find this book a refreshing retake on the modernist writing styles of today. Nathaniel Hawthorne, doing what he did best, sets the book into the not so distance America past setting from which a young Williams College student puts his own touches on the great Greek mythololical stories, loved and treasure for centuries, while entertaining a group of children. I would encourage any student who wishes to truly appreciate a broader use of the English language to pick up this book and relish the richness of the text.

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