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Twice-Told Tales

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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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Jan 13, 2017 Fernando rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Es la negrura en Hawthorne lo que tanto me atrae y me fascina. Los grandes genios son parte de los tiempos" - Herman Melville

"Los rasgos distintivos de Hawthorne son la invención, la creación, la imaginación y la originalidad y Hawthorne es original en todos los sentidos. Resultaría difícil señalar el mejor de todos estos cuentos; repetimos que son bellos sin excepción." - Edgar Allan Poe

"El hombre de letras más oscuro de América". Esta es la descripción más exacta que uno pueda encontrar sobr
May 30, 2014 GoldGato rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Guillermo Gonca
May 27, 2017 Guillermo Gonca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hablar de Nathaniel Hawthorne es hablar de los orígenes mismos de la literatura estadounidense. Nuestro autor nació en Nueva Inglaterra cinco años antes que Edgar Allan Poe y treinta y un años antes que Mark Twain. Su literatura es por tanto, fundadora de una escuela nacional que culmina un siglo después con los maestros del gótico sureño. Una frase de Shakespeare dice: "La vida es tan tediosa como un cuento contado dos veces" y de ahi proviene el irónico titulo de esta colección de relatos (183 ...more
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Sep 12, 2009 Kurt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Laura rated it it was amazing
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
Paula Cappa
Oct 12, 2012 Paula Cappa rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 12, 2009 Liz rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 11, 2012 A.M. rated it it was amazing
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
Liam Mcneaney
Oct 20, 2014 Liam Mcneaney rated it did not like it
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
Nov 02, 2009 Kelsey rated it it was ok
Shelves: literature
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.
Jan 20, 2008 Louise rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 20, 2007 Talia rated it really liked it
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.
Suzanne Bordwell
Nov 21, 2009 Suzanne Bordwell rated it it was amazing
Great book today as it was when written. A great bedtime read as each story is about 10 pages long.
Mar 23, 2008 Gretchen rated it liked it
These stories are a great read--strange, wierd but great-Hawthorne uses language so well -the words can have many meanings
Mar 24, 2007 Sheryl rated it really liked it
These short stories are far better than Hawthorne's novels.
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.
Scott Reighard
Mar 18, 2012 Scott Reighard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 15, 2013 Moira rated it really liked it
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
Dec 04, 2016 Mike rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-owned
Hawthorne is surely one of the masters of the American short story, as evidenced in these stories from his first collection. They range from dark to whimsical, from ambiguous to didactic, from conventional to almost experimental, and from essay-like sketches to probing psychological studies. He has a striking ability to craft memorable stories. Even the ones that fail (very few!) do so in unforgettable fashion. It's also easy to see why Hawthorne remains popular in American high schools. His sto ...more
Grace Best-Page
Aug 10, 2014 Grace Best-Page rated it it was ok
Shelves: classics
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
Apr 02, 2016 Dan rated it really liked it
One of the things people tend to miss when thinking about 19th century American literature is that the greatest works of narrative fiction of the time were largely not novels but short stories. It's not surprising, nobody really read short stories then and they don't really read them seriously now. And Hawthorne might well have been the preeminent short story writer of his era (with all due respect to Poe and Melville). "Twice-Told Tales" was Hawthorne's first collection and doesn't always see h ...more
Mary Anne
I'll come back and add more later, but for now I want to compare the two versions of the book. I borrowed a really lovely special version (George Macy Companies, Inc.) from the library and then found out that another version (thus pictured in this review) had a post-script by E.A. Poe. Amazing! Bought the second and found out that the different versions have different stories. So the lists below cover stories that are found in each version, in addition to stories that are in the individual versi ...more
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
John Lucy
Dec 22, 2013 John Lucy rated it liked it
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
Ana Mardoll
Dec 27, 2009 Ana Mardoll rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ana-reviewed
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
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
Oct 13, 2012 Helen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 12, 2011 Ana Mardoll rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ana-reviewed
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
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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