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Overview

Do your students enjoy a good laugh? Do they like to be scared? Or do they just like a book with a happy ending? No matter what their taste, our Creative Short Stories series has the answer.

We've taken some of the world's best stories from dark, musty anthologies and brought them into the light, giving them the individual attention they deserve. Each book in the series has been designed with today's young reader in mind. As the words come to life, students will develop a lasting appreciation for great literature.

The humor of Mark Twain...the suspense of Edgar Allan Poe...the danger of Jack London...the sensitivity of Katherine Mansfield. Creative Short Stories has it all and will prove to be a welcome addition to any library.

A nocturnal journey with the devil and a strange vision in the forest lead Goodman Brown to regard his fellow townspeople as devil worshipers.

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Mary Duffy
Like Chaucer, Shakespeare, and other classic writers, Nathaniel deserves to be read. Many good intentioned readers begin to read the first page of “Young Goodman Brown” only to abandon the story a few seconds later. It is the stilted language what deters readers. To make the story more agile and easy to follow, I have removed the ‘thous,” “thees,” and other archaisms—making the prose resemble contemporary American English.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780886824983
  • Publisher: Creative Company, The
  • Publication date: 10/28/1992
  • Series: Short Story Library Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 9 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Nathaniel Hawthorne, in addition to his classic novels --The Scarlet Letter, The House of the Seven Gables, the Marble Faun, and others-- wrote many short stories. "Young Goodman Brown" is perhaps the most anthologized short story.

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.

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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 February 21, 2013

    Well Done Early Horror Story

    This a classic read by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It is a great short story centering around a meeting with the devil and the consequences. It has led the way for a number of modern tales inspiring those writers (including Stephen King) to do their own take on the subject.

    A short story thus a short read and very reader friendly. Will leave you thinking about the lifetime consequences of rubbing elbows with evil.

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  • Posted January 8, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “Young Goodman Brown”, a curious young man makes good on a promise to meet with a mysterious stranger. In the city of Salem, where Goodman Brown lives, most of the people of the town follow a strong devotion to their religion of Christianity. Through out this story the author has made browns curiosity stronger. Even though Goodman Brown had decided to come into the forest and meet with the devil, he still is frightened and becomes unsure about the choices that he has made. Female purity is one of the major themes that Hawthorne has used to explain this story. The purity is the steadying force for Goodman Brown as he wonders whether to renounce his religion and join the devil. Hawthorne shows this from the beginning of the story when he leaves his wife Faith; Goodman Brown swears that after that one night he would forever be with his wife faith. Hawthorne does a great job at continuing this theme through out the story with the characters; Young Goodman Brown continued to hold on to that belief throughout his trials in the forest, he swore that as long as his wife Faith stayed holy, he would be able to resist himself from the devil. Many readers of this story could come to the assumption that all of the events happening to Youngman Brown may have just all been a dream. Hawthorne’s use of words through out the story allows the reader to decide whether or not these events were actually happening to Young Goodman Brown. After reading the story you learn that a humans curiosity can sometimes come between what is reality or not.

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