The Tanglewood Tales [3 Stories From A Wonder Book And 3 From Tanglewood Tales].

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General Books publication date: 2009
Original publication date: 1884
Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text.
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General Books publication date: 2009
Original publication date: 1884
Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text.
When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free.
Excerpt: The Golden Touch. NCE upon a time there lived a very rich man, and a king besides, whose name was Midas; and he had a little daughter, whom nobody but myself ever heard of, and whose name I either never knew, or have entirely forgotten. So, because I love odd names for little girls, I choose to call her Marygold. This King Midas was fonder of gold than of anything else in the world. He valued his royal crown chiefly because it was composed of that precious metal. If he loved anything better, or half so well, it was the one little maiden who played so merrily around her father's footstool. But the more Midas loved his daughter, the more did he desire and seek for wealth. He thought, foolish man! that the best thing he could possibly do for this dear child would be to bequeath her the largest pile of yellow glistening coins that had ever been heaped together since the world was made. Thus he gave all his thoughts and all his time to this one purpose. If he ever happened to gaze for an instant at the gold-tinted clouds of sunset, he wished that they were real gold, and that they could be squeezed safely into his strong-box. When little Marygold ran to meet him, with a bunch of buttercups and dandelions, he used to say, " Pooh, pooh, child ! If these flowers were as golden as they look, they would be worth the plucking !" And yet, in his earlier days, before he was so entirely possessed with this insane desire for riches, King Midas had shown a great taste for flowers. He had planted a garden, in which grew the biggest, the most beautiful, and the sweetest roses that any mortal ever saw or smelt. These ...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781150733734
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 12/23/2009
  • Pages: 56
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.12 (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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2011

    Yawn....

    I cant even read it! Whats with the gibbberish? Glad it was free cuz this is a RIPOFF! Not even half a star i say! And um, Annabeth from Percy Jackson rocks!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Great

    Great book for kids and i love it and i am 10

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2011

    Dumb

    Can not read

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2011

    Terrible

    It is too good to be true Go Annabeth from percy jackson Even less than 1 star

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Unreadable

    Gibberish

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

    no

    this book is unreadable.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2014

    Dvgfc

    DON'T LIKE IT

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Wait

    It is a good book but its hard to read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Some wonderful tales based on Greek myths.

    Some wonderful tales based on Greek myths.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    Hawthorne is a great writer. This has some wonderful writing, ju

    Hawthorne is a great writer. This has some wonderful writing, just as good as The House of the Seven Gables.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    A great writer! I loved this book.

    A great writer! I loved this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Boring the Prodlgy Serles is much better just go to amazon.com and cilck ln sherl webber

    Podigy Series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2012

    Good

    It was awsome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Love

    I love fables

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeas

    More reveiws i dont no

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

    great!

    Thank you Nathainial Hawthorne for making this book suitable for me. I went to Salem mass and saw your hotel, it's great. I hope I enjoy this book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2011

    Awsome!

    I loved it!

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