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Young Goodman Brown and Other Short Stories

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  8,429 Ratings  ·  112 Reviews
The first paperback edition to include full annotations of these twenty Hawthorne tales written between the 1830s and 50s, this volume contains the classic pieces "Young Goodman Brown," "The Maypole of Merry Mount," "The Birthmark," "The Celestial Railroad," and "Earth's Holocaust," as well as tales, such as "My Kinsman, Major Molineux," which represent Hawthorne's interes ...more
Kindle Edition, 440 pages
Published by Dover Publications (first published 1850)
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Aug 31, 2014 Sergio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book... that was a delight! I loved Hawthorne's style.
He tells of things horrible and beautiful. There's darkness and there's light.
Will reread this collection surely.

Dr Heidegger's Experiment
The Birthmark
Young Goodman Brown
Rappaccini's Daughter
Roger Malvin's Burial
The Artist of the Beautiful
My Kinsman, Major Molyneaux

Emily (Obsessed Reader)

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
N.T. Embe
Sep 13, 2011 N.T. Embe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Stephan Peters
Mar 06, 2014 Stephan Peters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Charles Kato
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
Aug 09, 2007 Cassa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 11, 2008 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 23, 2009 Carole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 04, 2007 Dani Meier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 21, 2008 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 22, 2007 Laurel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 19, 2009 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hawthorne writes with imagination and sensitivity.
Sep 06, 2007 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sentimental, novels
This is a collection of short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Most are pretty creepy and fun. Good fun literature.
Jun 23, 2008 Tara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
"The Birthmark" is one of my favorite short stories. If fact I named one of my dogs after the main character.
May 07, 2009 Mina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nothing is complete in a Gothic library without this book.
Apr 30, 2009 Mel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Artist of the Beautiful has made me cry more than once.
Laura Smith
Feb 19, 2009 Laura Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best one is The Minister's Veil....I'll say nothing more.
Jun 24, 2008 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Young Goodman Brown is the best allegory of all time.
Jan 16, 2017 Yoosong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only read one chapter of this book: Rappaccini's Daughter.
I loved how this story alluded to the story of Genesis (Adam and Eve, Garden of Eden) and the beautiful words the author used throughout the story.
Arielle Reads
Nov 10, 2016 Arielle Reads rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories

Spoilers. Lots of spoilers.

The names are our first look into Hawthorne's masterful use of the elements in this short story. They are symbolic, Goodman Brown, Goody Cloyse, Faith (double meaning). The village name, Salem, is symbolic as well (the Salem witch trials, heresy, etc.) When Goodman Brown believes that Faith is involved in the ceremony, he is questioning his faith, both his wife and his beliefs. Faith can be in regards to his religion, his wife, and/or his wife’s devotion (to him/rel

Jan 31, 2013 Haley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Mar 09, 2010 Seth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 12, 2011 Gina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 03, 2014 J.C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 18, 2013 Joe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 02, 2013 Hayley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My last encounter with Hawthorne was 10th grade english and the slaughtering of the Scarlett Letter. The story (although I don't think I could truly understand all it's complexities at 15) has always had a haunting effect for living with one's choices and a communities moral judgement and censure. These short stories had a similiarly haunting effect and won't soon be forgotten. Every story had a dark twist, sad ending, and little enlightment for the characters, but great discussions with ensue a ...more
Aug 24, 2012 J A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't too keen on this collection until I arrived at "Rappaccini's Daughter" and subsequent stories -- Hawthorne's writing style is very readable and engaging, but some of the early stories just didn't pack any punch with regards to the conclusion; which is the most vital part of the short story. However, the previously named story in addition to "Roger Malvin's Burial" and "The Artist of the Beautiful" are remarkable short stories, and on their own hold up the collection; they are quite simp ...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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