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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  1,963 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Twice-Told tales, originally published in 1837, revised & republished by Hawthorne in 1851, is the most famous collection of Hawthorne's stories. All of Hawthorne's great gifts--& the features that make him not only one of the greatest but one of the most contemporary American authors, are on full display here.
"Book One" contents include: The Gray Champion / Sunday
Paperback, Modern Library Classics, 432 pages
Published October 9th 2001 by Modern Library (first published 1837)
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Hawthorne has always freaked me out a bit. I say that with respect, but he and Washington Irving remind me of chilly October nights, full moons, rustling leaves, and scarecrows. In other words, New England. In this collection of tales, Hawthorne lures the reader in with parables of good versus, well you know what. Very Puritan-ish.

It was old Esther Dudley, who had dwelt almost immemorial years in this mansion, until her presence seemed as inseparable from it as the recollections of its history.

As precious a book to me as there is. Each story gently folds back layer by layer revealing a hidden truth or fear or hope or love at it's heart. Though written in the early 1800's, the sense and perspective is not strictly masculine. Hawthorne inhabits and coveys both genders with equal delicacy and strength. Can be read as simple entertainment or left on the tounge to discern deeper flavors than readily apparent. Such a master of the short story form that to write anything longer seems a waste ...more
May 03, 2009 Lara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: romanticists, short story fans, Hawthorne fans, people who like the Gothic
Hawthorne is a master storyteller and excells in the short story form, much like Poe. In fact, Poe fans would appreciate Hawthorne's stories more than other folks due to their similarities. Poe, as a critic, despised most literature he reviewed, but was a fan of Hawthorne because of the way he used words. As Poe stated in his literary theory, he believed every word in a story is important because each word should move the story forward. Hawthorne's works do just that, especially the short storie ...more
Sep 12, 2009 Liz rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: short-stories
I loved these short stories. This was the type of read that has stayed with me for a long time. The whole tone of the book is very New Englandy and as usual with Hawthorne his focus is on the moral struggle of early Americans, with a strange gothic twist - one of my favorite books ever.
I remember adoring Hawthorne in my graduate school days - especially The House of the Seven Gables - so I decided to revisit the author and read this collection of his short stories and essays, Twice Told Tales. It is November, and I think Hawthorne is best read in the fall, for there is something autumnal in his romantic musings.

There are 36 stories in this collection, ranging from fiction to what I would call short essays, since they express the author's reflections on an observation, be it a
Grace Best-Page
The two contemporary reviews included as an afterward were interesting. One was by Longfellow and the other by Poe. Both literary giants deemed Hawthorne a genius and these tales works of the highest order. Contrasting their opinions with my own, I guess it's all in what you're used to. To the modern sensibility, the tales have far too much narrative (some of which barely pertains to the story) and are in several instances missing a plot. Very little happens in many of them, and so many are depr ...more
I've generally liked Hawthorne's short stories and novels, so I picked this up at a used bookstore hoping it would be similar. Unfortunately, this collection is heavy on the "sketch" and light on the "story." Hawthorne admits this in his introduction, so I feel somewhat guilty rating it so low. The slices of early American life are interesting and valuable, but I would recommend a very slow reading, maybe one story every other week while you read something more substantial.
Paula Cappa
OMG, Hawthorne is really the writer who can cut in deeply. His writing is so emotional. I loved his Twice-Told Tales. He's become my "go to" author when I want to sink into another world. Many of his stories are set in Massachusetts or Boston in 19th century, of course. A real escape to the past in imagery and style. Love it.
Had a hardcover with a cloth cover, years ago. My mom accidentally gave it away when we moved. Damn, I really must get a new copy. Love Hawthorne. The subtle scare is the hardest to pull off, but when done right, its effectiveness lasts much longer in the reader's mind, in my opinion.
Hawthorne is wonderful with short stories. While I've definitely hurried through some of the stories to get to others, most of the stories are delightful. Some personal favorites would be Wakefield, David Swan, and The Minister's Black Veil.
Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne (Reader's Digest Association 1989) (Fiction) - Hawthorne took the book's name from Shakespeare; Hawthorne compiled this book from various stories he had published anonymously in magazines and other publications, and thus the name. These stories all contain a strong moral lesson. It is the author's choice of language that I find remarkable. Although these tales were written before 1837, the author's choice of vocabulary seems completely current and would fi ...more
These are really interesting stories. They all seem to be dark and full of unanswerable questions. I haven't read them all, but I intend to through the years.
These stories are a great read--strange, wierd but great-Hawthorne uses language so well -the words can have many meanings
Teresa Garcia
"Twice-Told Tales" by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a classical which includes much imagery that interests the reader, although many of the tales are dark and depressing, and some of his words are sometimes not understood by a lot of readers, I would recommend this to many readers who would want to be interested in classics. Hawthorne wraps his tales in such a good way, I had a great time reading it while learning many new things as to the way he sets his words and uses tropes and schemes to write this ...more
Suzanne Bordwell
Great book today as it was when written. A great bedtime read as each story is about 10 pages long.
Liam Mcneaney
I wanted to like this, I really did. say it hasn't aged well is an understatement. 'The minister's black veil' was the only one I could finish without struggling and pushing myself, or just skipping whole pages. And this is the only book in my entire library that I didn't have the willpower or determination to finish. It will likely remain unfinished.

It's not bad. None of it was bad. They were probably amazing short stories in their time, but for me...

Ech. Reading this book was the liter
These short stories are far better than Hawthorne's novels.
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
Found my old school copy today! Brought back memories.

Oh I wish Goodreads would let us give out half stars! I would give Twice Told Tales 3.5 stars. It's classic Hawthorne, and it does include one of his most famous (if the most famous) short stories - "The Minister's Black Veil", but I can't help but be a little underwhelmed by the rest of the offerings. Some of Hawthorne's other more famous stories aren't included.

Love the cover design by Modern Library. Wish they'd do an edition of "Young G
John Lucy
Hawthorne is a master of language. After reading all the stories and sketches in this massive collection, you should know that as a fact. If you get no other pleasure out of Hawthorne, then admiring his skill as a writer and wordsmith should at least make reading all these pages well worth it.

As a collection, the Twice-Told Tales is somewhat sub par. I hesitate to say anything written by Hawthorne is sub par, but it's true. There are a lot of the famous and very good works by NH in here. There a
Scott Reighard
From early on Hawthorne has had this mesmerizing affect on me. As a youngster my first introduction to NH was Young Goodman Brown, and I confess I had problems understanding the various themes throughout.

Twice Told Tales is a collection of Hawthorne's short stories, and trust me when I say, not so short stories. There is no doubt that Hawthorne could be long winded, but he had such mastery of the language it's like reading poetry sometimes. I can honestly say that there is something to be learn
It is time to start reading the Church Book Sale books before the next Book Sale...

I enjoyed Twice-Told Tales. There were some stories that I didn't think stood the test of time, but there were others I found really enjoyable. I remembered reading Doctor Heidegger's Experiment and The Minister's Black Veil back in junior high and high school. I found there were stories that I enjoyed much more in the anthology. The short story, "Snowflakes," captures the first snowfall perfectly - just change o
Hawthorne, Nathaniel
Tales and Sketches

In compilation only.

1) Preface
2) The Gray Champion
3) Sunday at Home
4) The Wedding-Knell
5) The Minister's Black Veil
6) The May-Pole of Merry Mount
7) The Gentle Boy
8) Mr. Higginbotham's Catastrophe
9) Little Annie's Ramble
10) Wakefield
11) A Rill from the Town-Pump
12) The Great Carbuncle
13) The Prophetic Pictures
14) David Swan
15) Sights from a Steeple
16) The Hollow of the Three Hills
17) The Toll-Gatherer's Day
18) The Vision of the Fountain
19) Fancy's Show Box
Jan 14, 2014 Moira rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
"Where all things fade, how miserable to be one that could not fade!"

Before I started to type out this review: "Oh boy, I haven't managed to get around to this review yet. I hope I still remember enough about the book to fill out this review!"

After I finished: "Oh wow. Um, disaster avoided, I guess?"

Why do I even worry?

Twice-Told Tales is a compilation of short stories by 19th century author Nathaniel Hawthorne. While most of the tales are perhaps not as exciting or gripping as many modern n
Ana Mardoll
Twice-Told Tales / 0-89577-332-5

I like Hawthorne well enough as a writer, and I love Hawthorne compared to his contemporaries, and this collection is a good example of his evolution as a writer. There are a lot of classics here, including "The Minister's Black Veil" and "Lady Eleanor's Mantle". This collection includes:

The Minister's Black Veil
The Maypole of Merry Mount
The Gentle Boy
Mr. Higginbotham's Catastrophe
The Great Carbuncle
The Prophetic Pictures
David Swan
The Hollow of the Three
Twice-Told Tales is a collection of short stories. Liked some of them, such as "Mr. Higginbotham's Catastrophe", but some of them haven't fared as well in the years since they were published, in 1837 and 1842. I do love 19th century fiction and am accustomed to verbose passages and excessive sentimentality. Then, too, the short story was in it's infancy and the expectations of a modern reader were vastly different from Hawthorne's original audience. Perhaps we demand more. Hawthorne sets moods v ...more
Ana Mardoll
Twice-Told Tales / 9781775419822

I like Hawthorne well enough as a writer, and I love Hawthorne compared to his contemporaries, and this collection is a good example of his evolution as a writer. There are a lot of classics here, including "The Minister's Black Veil" and "Lady Eleanor's Mantle". This collection includes:

The Minister's Black Veil
The Maypole of Merry Mount
The Gentle Boy
Mr. Higginbotham's Catastrophe
The Great Carbuncle
The Prophetic Pictures
David Swan
The Hollow of the Three
El Usuario
El libro se compone extraordinarias que, en general, resultan muy interesantes y entretenidas. Tal vez el efecto se recarga solamente en el elemento extraordinario en algunas narraciones y no hay más.
Wakefield, sin embargo, es un cuento tremendo. Desde el inicio la historia está contada, por lo que todo lo que sucede es la expeculación del autor acerca del suceso extraño. Es una preciosura, definitivamente.
I wish I could find the NYT article that prompted me to bookmark this as a must-read. It was among several listed as quintessential to understanding the human race (or, alternately, our times, our country, our planet... will eventually find the thing).

Hawthorne's language comes off as a bit stilted, but the tales, myths and legends themselves stand the test of time. They resonate with life lessons on such topics as humility, greed, and pride while channeling the cultural vibe and attitudes of e
Collection of previously published short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne, issued in 1837 and revised and expanded in 1842. The 1837 edition consisted of 18 stories; the 1842 enlargement brought the total to 39. Stories such as "The Gray Champion," "The May-pole of Marymount," "The Gentle Boy," and "Endicott and the Red Cross" reflect Hawthorne's moral insight and his lifelong interest in the history of Puritan New England. Among other tales are the allegorical "The Ambitious Guest"; "The Minister ...more
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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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