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A classic tale first published in December 1844. It is the story of a young student of medicine who suffers the consequences of ignoring the warning of his adviser and falls in love with the beautiful Beatrice, confined to a locked garden by her father. Rappaccini's Daughter has all the attributes of Hawthorne's fiction: allegory, symbolism, ambiguity and fantasy. Spell-bi ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by (first published 1844)
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Mebarka Fekih
Dec 04, 2016 Mebarka Fekih rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Garden of Eden, Dante's Inferno,Shakspeare's poetic writing plus Poe's tragedy

Rappaccini's Daughter tells the story of a young man named Giovanni who comes to Padua to pursue a University education and takes a room in an old mansion overlooking a beautiful garden ,where he spies the daugther of Signor Giacomo Rappaccini, a doctor who distils the plants from his garden into medicines , as strikingly beautiful as the plants around her, ,Rappaccini's daughter like Dante's beloved;is named Beatr
Kirk Smith
May 16, 2015 Kirk Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little slow at times, but Hawthorne's imagination is notable. The title story (one of three) is like a cross between Shakespeare and Poe. Another Beatrice story! Giovanni Guasconti is drawn into a toxic relationship with the beautiful Beatrice.Quoting words from the story, it is "a wild offspring of both love and horror that had each parent in it." Wonderful writing that lasts through the ages! The second story was a real treat,'Young Goodman Brown' is about a young man's internal battle as h ...more
John Pistelli
While I am not in the habit of reviewing individual short stories, this is almost novella-length anyway and is one of my all-time favorites. Someone should publish it in a lavish illustrated edition: I imagine mixed media, photos of floral tendrils and marble ruins that frame sketchier figure drawing and landscapes, probably in oil pastels. Alternately, I could see puppets being involved.

The story is prefaced by a self-parodic author biography, in which Hawthorne, in a fit of Romantic irony, Fre


If yes, then this short story is for you.

Rappaccini's Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is one of the best short stories I’ve read in ages. The prose is beautiful, haunting and magical; it stays with you for a long time even after the story is done. I was fascinated by the descriptions of the lush gardens, the comparisons of flowers to gems and water to diamonds.

‘There was one shrub in particular, set in a marbl

Jenny (Reading Envy)
One of Hawthorne's classic stories, I read this for the first time in high school. Great for Halloween time!

Listened on Forgotten Classics (episode 1) and episode 2).
Apr 18, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 24, 2010 D rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a gothic/sci-fi short story set in Italy. It read like a Shakespearean play, and I think I would have liked it better if the language wasn't quite so dense and if the dialogue wasn't so melodramatic.

However this is a very interesting premise as Hawthorne drew from The Garden of Eden, Dante's Inferno, and Paradise Lost to create this allegory.

This story still resonates with today's times as it is about a scientist who generically engineers his daughter into a poisonous vessel.

To sum it up
Julie Davis
Oct 22, 2013 Julie Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this as Halloween fare on Forgotten Classics, thanks to a listener's request.

Here is Part I.

Followed by Part II.
May 25, 2012 Nahree rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Was Nathaniel Hawthorne describing a jeweler and his daughter, or a mad botanist and his "experiment"? Either way, descriptions are absolutely lush with comparisons of petals to gems, blossoms to rubies, and water to diamonds. The garden that Giovanni sneaks a peek at is filled with beautiful flowers, and there is one in particular that emits a potently fragrant and suspiciously alluring scent. This purple planted wonder is tended to by Rappaccini's beautiful daughter, Beatrice, who treats it wi ...more
I only realized this short story existed after I was explaining the plot of A Fierce and Subtle Poison to an English teacher who said it sounded an awful lot like it. How would I know, right? So I read the 20-page short story and duh, Mabry even takes the TITLE for her book from the short story!

An engaging and dark story with a lot of the heaviness of narration that Hawthorne had as a writer in the 1800s, but I was engaged and entranced to discover what was going to happen with Beatrice and Gio
Deria Agggraini
May 16, 2016 Deria Agggraini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love it when you're reading a story and you can't guess what happened, what's going to happen next, the mystery or the story behind the characters. And when you try, you will end up find something you haven't thought about it before. And this short story just like that, I loved it and I enjoyed it so much.
Feb 06, 2017 Natasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne brought poetry and bliss to my heart.I loved the wording within this story ,and the colourful expressions of love that was explained within an abundance of lovely words.Beautiful shown throughout and an ending that would have ,if experienced ,a lover crying on their knees.Loved it,I really did love it.
Afifah Widya
Sep 02, 2015 Afifah Widya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What would you get from the mad scientist's beautiful, ingenue daughter's meeting with a Grecian-looking youth of a student?

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Rappaccini's Daughter gives off the vibe of A Rose for Emily. Mixed with Annabel Lee-ish kind of feeling (view spoiler). And maybe Inferno too, perhaps, because the daught
Jan 19, 2015 Aimad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, a friend of mine recommended that I read this short story by the same author. Rappaccini's Daughter is a modern fairy tale that also roots in science fiction genre.
The story is set in Italy and revolves around an Italian young man who fell in love with a gorgeous girl named Beatrice. Beatrice is the daughter of a strange physician and botanist. Beatrice's beauty is unique and the garden where Giovanni's eyes met hers added made his adoratio
Jul 20, 2013 Bryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Hawthorne, fantasy, classic literature, fairy tales
Recommended to Bryn by: Coursera Science Fiction and Fantasy class
A lot of Hawthorne's short stories can be seen as early science fiction, in a sense--this one can't. Rappaccini's Daughter is a modern fairy tale, I think. Beatrice's ailment, her poison breath, hardly has any scientific ground to stand on and Hawthorne didn't try to give us any. I see this as more of a magical tale than some of his other short stories. That being said, I still really enjoyed reading this. Beatrice and Giovanni's relationship is tragic from the beginning, and the way Hawthorne w ...more
Oct 03, 2015 Nathaniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is more than based on a true story. It is an old story and new one. The characters have changed and the scenery many times, but the heart of the story has stayed the same.
A woman brought up in a world that shouldn't have existed in the first place. "Poisoned" by one she trusted and loved. Leaving her isolated and poisonous herself. Destined for desolation. It is this environment though that has made her able to survive in it. Though it is just that, survival, not living.
Then comes a man.
Oct 03, 2008 Cortney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cortney by: Leigh at Vermont Studio Center, who is awesome.
My ovaries twanged a little as I finished this one. I (briefly) wanted to have child so I could read this to her as a bedtime story. Strange, yes, but I think this story is a beautiful fairy tale that reaches back into our bedtime reading routines from childhood. This is the gothic, deathly, sickly beautiful story I wanted when I was eight. Or twelve. Or twenty-seven.

The language gave me the giggles in a couple places. "Intercourse" could mean conversation circa 1850. "Relations" didn't always
Melinda Jane Harrison
One of my favorite short stories. Hawthorne was a genius and he wrote these wonderful Gothic tales that were also allegories, full of symbolism, etc. AND YET, you don't have to know all that. They are deceptively simple. This story of a young women turned into a poison by her father is truly wonderful. Hawthorne's other gift was the idea of family and the legacy family leaves on all. I think if I had to list 10 stories that have haunted me my whole life, Rappaccini's Daughter would make that lis ...more
Very elegant without being too ornate, this story is not in the usual Hawthorne style. The language is much simpler, the idea more succinctly expressed. The ending is broadcast from the beginning so the reader is left to wistfully hope for a different outcome while nevertheless dreading the expected and inevitable one. I thought it was delicately wrought and very stylishly done.
To be honest, when I started reading the story I kept dozing off, to the point that I just had to put it aside and take a nap. Afterwards I picked it continue it. Although it is a bit predictable, it turns out to be entertaining and gripping towards end.
Imen Lameri
Jun 23, 2013 Imen Lameri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nathaniel Hawthorne's Rappaccini's Daughter is a story about a femme fatale (Beatrice) around whom no man is safe! Beatrice reminds me of Sylvia Plath's poem "Daddy" and T.S Eliot's verses about the female vampire
Neens Bea
A beautiful, fairytale-like story about love and poison. Read for a course in sci-fi/fantasy literature.
Apr 27, 2010 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story when I was in high school, thought if perfectly devious and clever. It was one of the turning points in my academic career, to realize not all 'great lit' was horrid.
Daniel R.
Mar 02, 2015 Daniel R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"There is something truer and more real, than what we can see with the eyes, and touch with the finger".
Oct 03, 2008 Brent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Hawthorne twists a dark tale about forbidden love and toxic plants. It was also the inspiration for Little Shop of Horrors.
Robin Reese
Jul 08, 2009 Robin Reese rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorites. We read it in high school and saw a movie version. I fell in love with the character!
Bailey Peyton
Feb 08, 2017 Bailey Peyton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this short novella after finishing what's considered Hawthorne's most famous work, The Scarlet Letter. It's a shame this piece isn't more well known, as it reads like a deliciously dark fairy tale left out of a brothers Grimm anthology. This is the story of lovelorn Giovanni, who is studying at university in Padua,and while gazing out of his tower window, he spots a girl in the greenery of his neighbor, Rappaccini. The girl's name is Beatrice, and her beauty is quite literally deadly for ...more
Feb 26, 2017 Argos rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 13, 2017 Kurtlu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
gizem ve huzursuzluk dozu iyi ayarlanmış, borges'in babil kitaplığına yaraşır fantastik bir uzun öykü.
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Nathaniel Hawthorne was a 19th century American novelist and short story writer. He is seen as a key figure in the development of American literature for his tales of the nation's colonial history.

Shortly after graduating from Bowdoin College, Hathorne changed his name to Hawthorne. Hawthorne anonymously published his first work, a novel titled Fanshawe, in 1828. In 1837, he published Twice-Told T
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