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Hawthorne's Short Stories

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Twenty-four of the best short stories by one of the early masters of the form, in the definitive collection edited by acclaimed scholar Newton Arvin.

Nathaniel Hawthorne was one of the greatest American writers of the nineteenth century, and some of his most powerful work was in the form of fable-like tales that make rich use of allegory and symbolism. The dark beauty and m
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 11th 2011 by Vintage (first published 1946)
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Simon Crum
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short stories are truly a lost art. Here is one of my favourite short story collections (the other: "Burning Chrome" by William Gibson, also the Oscar Wilde short stories). My picks...not the dreary puritan stuff but Hawthorne's "the Artist of the Beautiful" A masterpiece! Rappaccini's daughter. Wow. Wonder if this influenced the Grateful Dead's "Rosemary". The Birthmark. Still holds true in today's world of nip and tuck. The Minister's Black Veil...also intriguing. The mystery of it all. The hi ...more
Apr 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes creepy cautionary tales
i'm not actually sure i've read all the stories in here, but i had to put something up to stand for how much i love hawthorne's short fiction. i read the stories mostly one at a time, during a class on american lit in college. i thought i hated american lit, and i was mostly right, but boy was i wrong about hawthorne. :)
Jan 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Hawthorne's short stories, particularly from the perspective of a sci-fi geek. Many of his short stories reach into the realm of proto-sci-fi, complete with strange creatures living inside people and mad scientists.
Laura Lynch
May 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Classic writter-insiteful-really gets under the skin of his characters. I have read this book before but return to it as the stories are multi-layered and lush.
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, lush, dark, and romantic. These stories are nothing short of wonderful.
Bethany Stewart
I've been struggling with ye olde Nathaniel for quite some time now, but after finally starting this collection of short stories (for the THIRD. TIME) I have to finally admit defeat. He's just not my favorite classic author. While I remain in awe of his ability to weave pictures through the use of his words (and write so eloquently along the way), getting through even this short collection of 24 short stories was a struggle.

This collection holds a few of the classics, such as "The Birthmark", b
Daniel Klawitter
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Truth often finds its way to the mind close muffled in robes of sleep, and then speaks with uncompromising directness of matters in regard to which we practice an unconscious self-deception during our waking moments." ---Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Dan Gorman
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Genius. A marvelous imagination at work.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a fan of short stories and these short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne are some of the best.
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kurzgeschichte
Specter and Science:
The tales in this collection include some of the best written by Hawthorne. Among them it is hard to rate one over another, however Rappaccini's Daughter is near the top. A tale of the natural versus the supernatural with overtones of professional jealousy, first love, and the desire for perfection. Perfection as desiderata, but unwillingness to pay the price. There are two scientists in Baglioni and Rappaccini himself. The latter seems to have created a new Eden with his gar
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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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