Young Goodman Brown and Other Short Stories

Young Goodman Brown and Other Short Stories

by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Young Goodman Brown and Other Short Stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Throughout his richly varied literary career, Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) wrote compelling short stories of enduring appeal. His first important publication, long before The Scarlet Letter, was the 1837 collection Twice-Told Tales, which brought the New England writer immediate fame and high praise from no less an authority than Edgar Allan Poe. Another compilation, Mosses from an Old Manse, followed in 1846 and achieved further success.
This volume contains six stories from those collections as well as another superb selection, "My Kinsman, Major Molineux." In addition to the latter tale and the title story, this edition includes "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment," "The Birthmark," "Rappaccini's Daughter," "Roger Malvin's Burial" and "The Artist of the Beautiful." Here are tales rich in atmosphere and suspense, with plots centering on subjects as diverse as witchcraft, revenge, the power of guilt, and a passion for the beautiful, all recounted in the distinctive voice of one of America's great writers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486110592
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 02/29/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 486,215
File size: 624 KB
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Born on the fourth of July in 1804, Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote the stories that lie at the heart of the American Romantic movement. His portraits of colonial life reflect his Puritan heritage and offer fascinating profiles of individuals who strive for freedom from social conventions.

Date of Birth:

July 4, 1804

Date of Death:

May 19, 1864

Place of Birth:

Salem, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

Plymouth, New Hampshire


Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, 1824

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Young Goodman Brown and Other Short Stories 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Kurt-H.-Eckard More than 1 year ago
I strongly recommend this very inexpensive volume to those who are not familiar with Hawthorne, but who want a sample, or "taste" of his writings before investing further. The stories are absolutely delightful and thought-provoking. Most of Hawthorne's short stories are allegories (extended metaphors) where the characters and plots are used to convey a deeper hidden meaning. Figuring out what he really meant is a thrill, and after reading each story, the reader may Google the story title and reach an abundance of helpful analysis and review. Although not significant, the cover was re-designed and is not the one pictured in the offering. Hawthorne wrote approximately 100 short stories between 1830 and 1852 publishing them individually in newspapers and periodicals. Some are regarded as among the finest stories in the English language. He later gathered them together in "Twice Told Tales," "Mosses from an Old Manse," (Ralph Waldo Emerson's ancestral home, which adjoins the Old North Bridge Concord 1775 battlefield), and lastly, "The Snow Image and Other Twice Told Tales." Hawthorne lived in the Old Manse for several years with his bride, Sophia Peabody. On the grounds is the faithful reproduction of the vegetable garden planted as a wedding gift from Henry David Thoreau. Inside the Manse are etchings on windows done by "Nat" and Sophia with her diamond ring. They are priceless and thrilling to see. Due to financial problems, the Hawthornes returned to his family home in Salem, MA, where he created his masterpiece, "The Scarlet Letter." It so upset the townspeople that he had to leave due to the controversy. Finally, for anyone who has further interest in Hawthorne, I heartily commend "Hawthorne-Tales and Sketches." It is considerably more expensive, but contains all of his short stories, plus additional works. The printing and binding are first-rate, and, as such, the price is most reasonable and very worthwhile. Hawthorne's stories are for the inquiring mind, which is necessary to reach the deepest enjoyment of his works. They are timeless, and have significant historical context. He is truly one of the finest American writers of the 19th Century, together with such other masters as Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Herman Melville, and Henry David Thoreau. For all who seek to know and appreciate Hawthorne, the two volumes discussed above will be deeply satisfying and will not disappoint. I hope you enjoy his masterful creations as much as I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These books deal with witchcraft and other things that the people of early New England found to be important and dealt with on a daily basis. Be astonished, be scared, but be informed.
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