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Young Goodman Brown and Other Short Stories

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  8,085 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
Throughout his richly varied literary career, Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) wrote compelling short stories of enduring appeal. His first important publication, long beforeThe Scarlet Letter, was the 1837 collectionTwice-Told Tales, which brought the New England writer immediate fame and high praise from no less an authority than Edgar Allan Poe. Another compilation, Moss ...more
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Published February 5th 1992 by Dover Publications (first published 1850)
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Sep 11, 2014 Sergei rated it it was amazing
It's not a review yet. Just the first impressions. That was a delight. I loved his style.
Hawthorne tells of things horrible and beautiful. There's darkness and there's light.
Will reread this collection surely.
Emily  (ObsessedReader)

When first reading this for my gothic lit. class I was not at all enjoying it. It felt hard to read, and I wasn't understanding everything that was going on. However, after delving deeper into the meanings behind the story and analyzing it, I was able to enjoy it and appreciate it more. I think it is an interesting tale of good versus evil and understanding that no human is purely good. I would definitely recommend researching the meaning behind the story before r
Charles Kato
Jul 05, 2010 Charles Kato rated it liked it
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” is an allegorical tale about every man’s struggle between doing what is right and doing what is wicked. The story opens with Goodman Brown and his wife Faith in an emotional dialogue where Faith begs Goodman to not leave her side. Goodman insisted, Faith acquiesced and the journey began into the dark woods of Salem. After travelling deep into the dense forest he met the devil; a familiar man with a serpent shaped staff. Eventually Brown arrived at his ...more
Jan 11, 2008 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
Okay, I haven't read every one of these stories, and my rating is only for the title story. Here's the thing: Young Goodman Brown is actually based on my great-something-grandfather Joseph Ring and his rather ignoble role in one of the infamous Salem witch trials. Hawthorne's account of Young Goodman Brown's supernatural encounter in the woods matches almost exactly my ancestor's testimony recorded in the trial of Susanna Martin. It is a fascinating and disturbing glimpse of the fear, paranoia, ...more
Stephan Peters
Mar 10, 2014 Stephan Peters rated it really liked it
This is a difficult review, as many of the stories are awesome, and some not so awesome. These stories of Hawthorne are not really as good if read through quickly once.
They really need to be read, mulled over, and re-read. Then they are awesome as you realize some of the nuances and some of what he is really trying to say.
... and then they become AWESOME - like "Oh Wow! That's what he was getting at!" awesome.

Dr. Heidegger's Experiment - 4 Stars - What would people really be like if they could
N.T. Embe
Sep 19, 2011 N.T. Embe rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those who enjoy a random story with a heavy moral attached~
Recommended to N.T. by: American Literature of the 19th Century (Class)
Shelves: education
My feelings about this book are much less impressive than those of the last I read for this class of mine. Did this book have a couple of good tales to tell? Eh... I suppose in some ways it did. Was it something that I enjoyed? ...not completely. I read it because it was there to read. Not much of it had me excited, let alone even engaged too comfortably. I found my mind wandered very frequently during this read, and though most of the stories Hawthorne wrote were well done, at least in terms of ...more
Aug 09, 2007 Cassa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-class, classics
I'm recommending this more for "Rappaccini's Daughter" than the rest. "Young Goodman Brown" was decent but a little over-the-top in its moral. I don't recall "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" enough to comment, and I don't think I've read the rest. But "Rappaccini's Daughter" was a lovely read. I'm a sucker for tragic love in any form, and the fact that this story added a creepy horror/psychological-thriller aspect to it all with some early sci-fi made it all the better. Probably one of the better cl ...more
May 23, 2009 Carole rated it it was amazing
Hawthorne never gets old or out of date. Ahead of his time, he revealed the dark uncanny underbelly of the young America and cast a shrewd and bright light upon his ancestors, the mythologized Puritans. His story "My Kinsman, Major Molineux" casts a nightmarish shadow that does not dissipate quickly.
Dani Meier
May 07, 2007 Dani Meier rated it really liked it
Great stories. Clever ways of making his points. I found "The Birthmark" to be particularly insightful, especially in light of my own personal and familial experiences with this type of 'phenomenon' (not with regard to the tragic ending, chas v'shalom, but with regard to issues involved!).
Aug 19, 2007 Jamie rated it really liked it
wasn't much the content that did it for me, but his personification of natural force. although it's a bit arrogant to ascribe human traits to things around us, it still creeps me the hell out when its done well. same thing I like about Steinbeck.
Oct 22, 2007 Laurel rated it liked it
Shelves: classics
this could be the story responsible for the shudder evoked by the titles "goodman", and particularly... "goodie" for a woman. i don't know why, but calling a woman "goodie" gives me the willlllies.
Oct 25, 2008 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: short story addicts/ history lovers
Hawthorne's short stories are masterful: Puritans; dank atmospheres, fantastical subjects. Rarely, the moralistic attitudes mar my enjoyment.
Jun 23, 2008 Tara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
"The Birthmark" is one of my favorite short stories. If fact I named one of my dogs after the main character.
Sep 06, 2007 Julia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sentimental, novels
This is a collection of short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Most are pretty creepy and fun. Good fun literature.
Mar 21, 2014 J.C. rated it really liked it
A majority of the stories presented here i've read in numerous literature classes. Therefore, being able to read the other stories was a treat and hp put his more well known work in perspective for me. For the most part I enjoyed all of them, though I particularly enjoyed "The Artist Of The Beautiful", which is probably the simplest of the stories (every one of them is required re-reading in order to appreciate the entire depth of Hawthorne's skill), but very effective and not ambiguous. Other g ...more
Laura Smith
Feb 19, 2009 Laura Smith rated it it was amazing
The best one is The Minister's Veil....I'll say nothing more.
Apr 30, 2009 Mel rated it it was amazing
The Artist of the Beautiful has made me cry more than once.
Jul 19, 2009 Julie rated it it was amazing
Hawthorne writes with imagination and sensitivity.
May 07, 2009 Mina rated it it was amazing
Nothing is complete in a Gothic library without this book.
Robert Brown
Oct 28, 2007 Robert Brown rated it liked it
Another collection nearly ruined by student papers.
Jun 24, 2008 Erin rated it it was amazing
Young Goodman Brown is the best allegory of all time.
May 29, 2013 Haley rated it really liked it
Recommended to Haley by: Smith Prep
Young Goodman Brown is an eerie story and is at times quite hard to follow. When I first started it, I almost laughed to be honest. Once again, Salem was the setting. Hawthorne constantly used that town for his stories, especially those that involved what I take as deformed and or depressing themes.
Just after reading the first page, I was immediately curious as to what in the world Goodman Brown really thought he was doing in the forest with that strange guy. It was obviously nothing good and he
Kaus Wei
May 15, 2012 Kaus Wei rated it liked it
Shelves: maybe-read-again
This is a challenging collection of short stories for me to rate. All of the stories present intriguing ideas and concepts, but some I found significantly more difficult to make my way through than others, primarily due to the writing style. If I had been a contemporary to Hawthorne, I doubt the style would have proved such a barrier, as it was, it sent me running from the book more than once.

The first three stories are not overly long, and I found them to be engaging both in idea and execution.
May 18, 2010 Seth rated it it was amazing
The first time I read "Young Goodman Brown" was when I was trying out for 11th Grade Accelerated English when I was a sophomore in high school. I think that Jurassic Park was the best piece of literature I had read up to that point. I was blown away, and I have enjoyed reading Hawthorne ever since.

If you take this and Hawthorne's other stories the wrong way, they can be pretty disturbing. If you take them the right way, they are still pretty of disturbing (or at least unsettling). His main theme
Maheen Masroor
Sep 23, 2015 Maheen Masroor rated it liked it
Hawthorne's way of writing didn't suit my taste, what with the bulk of philosophical thinking the narrator shared before any action ever happened. It's kinda dull and really weighty with the use of language to convey everything the writer must have been thinking. While he suggested interpretation of his own character's behavior as a narrator, I was thinking "I could have figured that out myself, thank you."
Apr 12, 2011 Gina rated it really liked it
I really didn't care for Hawthorne after reading The Scarlett Letter, but I picked up this collection of short stories for my English class and ended up reading the whole book instead of just what was assigned.I'm considering re-reading The Scarlett Letter because it doesn't seem quite so overwhelming anymore. I don't know why teachers usually introduce us to Hawthorne through his novel rather than "The Birthmark" or "Artist of the Beautiful." I read when doing research on Hawthorne for my class ...more
Luanne Castle
Jun 22, 2015 Luanne Castle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Hawthorne is never given the full credit he deserves for writing stories that are engaging and suspenseful--and also can be mined over and over again for treasure. His short stories serve as models for American short stories still today.
Sep 18, 2013 Joe rated it liked it
As another reviewer has said, Nathaniel Hawthorne's stories do not age well, and unfortunately that is particularly apparent in his short stories, which often deal with everyday matters pertinent to life in the early 19th century. For that reason, while this is a solid collection of his work, when compared to longer works such as his famous novel 'The Scarlet Letter, it seems niggardly and ignorant. In recognition of that deficiency in his work, I have given this anthology 3 stars, which would h ...more
Sep 06, 2016 Mallory rated it it was amazing
Hawthorne provides a historical look at the American frontier gothic through his short stories presented in this book. It gives the reader a look into what the early American settlers were terrified of. A great example of American gothic literature.
Brian Murray
Hawthorne's stories are really weird. Most have some odd, inexplicable element of the fantastic, and they never seem to come to a resounding climax. I wouldn't call them entertaining. You leave each one saying "Well that was...something..."

But there is something incredibly natural about them. Each one reads like an urban legend. They all feel familiar, like stories told around a fire or late on a winter night. His writing is pretty solid too. Each story is built on substance that the reader can
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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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