Greek Myths: A Wonder Book for Girls & Boys (PagePerfect NOOK Book) [NOOK Book]

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Tales of Greek mythology have entertained countless generations of young readers with their accounts of brave heroes and heroines and the monsters and marvels that they encounter. Greek Myths: A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys features six classic tales written especially for children by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It includes the legends of Pandora and the Box of Troubles, King Midas and the Golden Touch, Perseus and the Medusa, Philemon and Baucis, Bellerophon and Pegasus, and the labors of Hercules, all illustrated ...
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Greek Myths: A Wonder Book for Girls & Boys (PagePerfect NOOK Book)

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Overview

Tales of Greek mythology have entertained countless generations of young readers with their accounts of brave heroes and heroines and the monsters and marvels that they encounter. Greek Myths: A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys features six classic tales written especially for children by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It includes the legends of Pandora and the Box of Troubles, King Midas and the Golden Touch, Perseus and the Medusa, Philemon and Baucis, Bellerophon and Pegasus, and the labors of Hercules, all illustrated magnificently in color by Walter Crane. Greek Myths: A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys is one of Barnes & Noble’s leatherbound classics for children. It features color artwork, an elegant bonded-leather binding, a satin-ribbon bookmark, and distinctive gilt edging. It will provide hours of enjoyment for readers of all age.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435144491
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 2/11/2013
  • Series: Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: NOOK Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 181,368
  • File size: 16 MB
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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

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    A wondrous set of short mythology for those who find interest in

    A wondrous set of short mythology for those who find interest in such stories. Excellent for children, well designed and excellent looking. A great addition to any collection. I recommend.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2013

    I'm so glad that I didn't read the reviews before I bought this

    I'm so glad that I didn't read the reviews before I bought this book. This book was bought for my nephew who is 12. He loves this book.
    I admit that the preface is a bit dry. The rest of the book is great. It is a great way to introduce the next generation to the myths of long ago. The book itself has really great pictures to give the you an ideal of what the myth is. It also leaves a lot to your own imagination. I read the book & was impressed with how well the stories fit together. If you like using your imagination & like to dream this is a great book. If not then you wont like this book. My nephew & I are both glad I bought this book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    W

    I wonder what this is about

    4 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Great read

    Bought this for my grandson, he can not put it down. Will have any child reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2013

    The only reason why I given Nathaniel Hawthorne verson of Greek

    The only reason why I given Nathaniel Hawthorne verson of Greek Myth three strars because just like
    Fyodor Dostoevsky, it helps put you to sleep. So parent if you looking for something to help get your kids to sleep yet too young Dostoevsky then I recommend this book.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 7, 2013

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