The Gorgon's Head

The Gorgon's Head

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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The Gorgon's Head by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Gorgon's Head by Nathaniel Hawthorne is an 1850s retelling of part of the tale of Perseus of Greek mythology.

Perseus was the son of Danae, who was the daughter of a king. And when Perseus was a very little boy, some wicked people put his mother and himself into a chest, and set them afloat upon the sea. The wind blew freshly, and drove the chest away from the shore, and the uneasy billows tossed it up and down; while Danae clasped her child closely to her bosom, and dreaded that some big wave would dash its foamy crest over them both. The chest sailed on, however, and neither sank nor was upset; until, when night was coming, it floated so near an island that it got entangled in a fisherman's nets, and was drawn out high and dry upon the sand. The island was called
Seriphus, and it was reigned over by King Polydectes, who happened to be the fisherman's brother.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781494485863
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/14/2013
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

One of the greatest authors in American literature, Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was a novelist and short story writer born in Salem, Massachusetts. Hawthorne’s best-known books include The House of the Seven Gables and The Scarlet Letter, works marked by a psychological depth and moral insight seldom equaled by other writers.

Date of Birth:

July 4, 1804

Date of Death:

May 19, 1864

Place of Birth:

Salem, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

Plymouth, New Hampshire

Education:

Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, 1824

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