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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  5,287 ratings  ·  279 reviews
This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published June 17th 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1844)
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Alba Yes. Binary oppositions: good vs evil, cure vs poison. But there's a little difference: towards the end the main opposition seems to be inverted,…moreYes. Binary oppositions: good vs evil, cure vs poison. But there's a little difference: towards the end the main opposition seems to be inverted, don't you think? (less)

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3+ of 5 stars to Rappaccini's Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “Rappaccini’s Daughter,” many characters suffer from moral ambiguity. Thus, readers of this story often have a hard time discerning which characters are “good” and which ones are “evil.” Hawthorne specifically creates these twists in his masterpiece “Rappaccini’s Daughter” to provide his readers with mysterious, dramatic, and multi-dimensional characters who are never strictly good
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I hadn't heard of this particular story by Nathaniel Hawthorne until I read Theodora Goss' 2017 novel The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter, a fantasy set in the Victorian era which includes Beatrice Rappachini as one of its cast of characters (along with a couple of Dr. Jekyll's daughters, a woman created by Dr. Frankenstein, and a cat-like woman from the island of Dr. Moreau. Quite the cast!). Since I was familiar with all of the source literature for all of those characters ...more
Bill  Kerwin

First published in the United States Magazine and Democratic Review (December, 1844), "Rappaccini's Daughter" is not only one of Hawthorne’s most characteristic stories, but also one of his best. Its eponymous heroine is a beautiful and innocent young girl who is also—quite literally—poison, and thus it embodies the Hawthorneian themes of flawed beauty, the inextricable bond between good and evil, and the naive and vicious hubris of the human intellect, which presumes to separate the two.

Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was on the last page that I realised nothing in this story was as it seemed, even the hero, Giovanni Guasconti, is flawed.

Most of the action in this story takes place in a private garden. To me the garden starts of as a place of beauty, full of colour and sweet-smelling fragrances. Hawthorne left me with the impression that this was a safe place, bathed in light and hope. However, as the story unfolds a darker wilder spirit slowly emerges and reveals itself.

The final twist in the tale is when
Kirk Smith
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little slow at times, but Hawthorne's imagination is notable. The title story (one of three) is like a cross between Shakespeare and Poe. Another Beatrice story! Giovanni Guasconti is drawn into a toxic relationship with the beautiful Beatrice.Quoting words from the story, it is "a wild offspring of both love and horror that had each parent in it." Wonderful writing that lasts through the ages! The second story was a real treat,'Young Goodman Brown' is about a young man's internal battle as h ...more
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Garden of Eden, Dante's Inferno,Shakspeare's poetic writing plus Poe's tragedy

Rappaccini's Daughter tells the story of a young man named Giovanni who comes to Padua to pursue a University education and takes a room in an old mansion overlooking a beautiful garden ,where he spies the daugther of Signor Giacomo Rappaccini, a doctor who distils the plants from his garden into medicines , as strikingly beautiful as the plants around her, ,Rappaccini's daughter like Dante's beloved;is named Beatr
John Pistelli
While I am not in the habit of reviewing individual short stories, this is almost novella-length anyway and is one of my all-time favorites. Someone should publish it in a lavish illustrated edition: I imagine mixed media, photos of floral tendrils and marble ruins that frame sketchier figure drawing and landscapes, probably in oil pastels. Alternately, I could see puppets being involved.

The story is prefaced by a self-parodic author biography, in which Hawthorne, in a fit of Romantic irony, Fre


If yes, then this short story is for you.

Rappaccini's Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is one of the best short stories I’ve read in ages. The prose is beautiful, haunting and magical; it stays with you for a long time even after the story is done. I was fascinated by the descriptions of the lush gardens, the comparisons of flowers to gems and water to diamonds.

‘There was one shrub in particular, set in a marbl

A story originating from Nathaniel Hawthorne's Mosses from an Old Manse: Padua, Italy; a young and beautiful girl in a garden filled with poisonous plants; a young man arrives! An intriguing setup! Definitely a charming and powerful story with a somewhat predictable ending. However, Hawthorne's writing was extremely delightful. Quickly browsing through some of the other tales in his Tales and Sketches made me realize that Hawthorne is well worth exploring!


Jenny (Reading Envy)
One of Hawthorne's classic stories, I read this for the first time in high school. Great for Halloween time!

Listened on Forgotten Classics (episode 1) and episode 2).
Apr 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I only realized this short story existed after I was explaining the plot of A Fierce and Subtle Poison to an English teacher who said it sounded an awful lot like it. How would I know, right? So I read the 20-page short story and duh, Mabry even takes the TITLE for her book from the short story!

An engaging and dark story with a lot of the heaviness of narration that Hawthorne had as a writer in the 1800s, but I was engaged and entranced to discover what was going to happen with Beatrice and Gio
Julie Davis
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Reading this as Halloween fare on Forgotten Classics, thanks to a listener's request.

Here is Part I.

Followed by Part II.
Wayne McCoy
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
'Rappaccini's Daughter' by Nathaniel Hawthorne became of interest to me because Beatrice Rappaccini is a character in a book I'm about to read. I found this 48 page novella well worth reading to start my October.

Rappaccini is a strange scientist who has a toxic garden. Along with the garden, he has a beautiful daughter named Beatrice. Giovanni is the new neighbor who is interested in the garden and the beautiful woman inhabiting it. How this all unfolds is magical and frightening.

I really enjoye
This story was the source of one of the characters in the book 'The Strange Case of the Alchemist Daughter' by Theodora Goss. Some artistic licence was taken but interesting in that a character would be taken from this relatively obscure work.

Available for free and can be read in one sitting. Worth a look.
I do enjoy this story. This particular version of it was hard to read at first; the notes mingle with summary mingle with story until it's hard to tell where the summary ends and the story begins. However, I enjoyed the re-read of the story even with the poor formatting choices.

Definitely a classic, and still easy enough to read (unlike some classics that haven't aged as well).
Auntie Terror
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A classic gothic tale centered on poisonous plants and a very vague idea about botany and genetics. Reminiscent of E. T. A. Hoffmann. I listened to it as "peparation" for "The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter", as I found I was missing some reference texts. It was quite enjoyable.
Nouha A.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: classics
I remember studying this story in literature class last year and liking it. Definitely a fun read 💟
Julie Reynolds
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Horrifying yet gripping. Read on kindle, but ordered paper version. Very macabre.
Don’t usually read such macabre stories, but will be re-reading this one in paperback as bought via eBay.
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Q: Giovanni still found no better occupation than to look down into the garden beneath his window. (c)
Morale: careful with leisure, sometimes working might be a healthier alternative to looking down in the garderns.

I love Hawthorne. So, even with some things reading a bit on the unintendedly comical side, this still is 5 stars.

a voice as rich as a tropical sunset (c)
the privilege of overlooking this spot of lovely and luxuriant vegetation. It would serve, he said to himself, as a symbolic
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Was Nathaniel Hawthorne describing a jeweler and his daughter, or a mad botanist and his "experiment"? Either way, descriptions are absolutely lush with comparisons of petals to gems, blossoms to rubies, and water to diamonds. The garden that Giovanni sneaks a peek at is filled with beautiful flowers, and there is one in particular that emits a potently fragrant and suspiciously alluring scent. This purple planted wonder is tended to by Rappaccini's beautiful daughter, Beatrice, who treats it wi ...more
Jul 24, 2010 rated it liked it
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This is a gothic/sci-fi short story set in Italy. It read like a Shakespearean play, and I think I would have liked it better if the language wasn't quite so dense and if the dialogue wasn't so melodramatic.

However this is a very interesting premise as Hawthorne drew from The Garden of Eden, Dante's Inferno, and Paradise Lost to create this allegory.

This story still resonates with today's times as it is about a scientist who generically engineers his daughter into a poisonous vessel.

To sum it up
Deria Agggraini
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love it when you're reading a story and you can't guess what happened, what's going to happen next, the mystery or the story behind the characters. And when you try, you will end up find something you haven't thought about it before. And this short story just like that, I loved it and I enjoyed it so much.
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Kanwarpal Singh
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review: This short read is about a boy who shifted to new city for studies and rented an apartment and fall in love with his neighbours daughter , whose father is mad scientist and obsessed with poisonous plants and ruin his only daughter life too by testing different poison potion on her and that make her a venomous human and now she is harmful to anyone who came near her as her breath is poisonous, because of that professor of boy on whose guarantee he came to this town inform him to stay away ...more
Brian Hurst
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A well-written dark tale.
So many interesting elements to this story, it was an interesting read. The symbolism and references to historical figures/literature is always a lot of fun for me.
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
i'm weak for this...
Afifah Widya
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
What would you get from the mad scientist's beautiful, ingenue daughter's meeting with a Grecian-looking youth of a student?

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Rappaccini's Daughter gives off the vibe of A Rose for Emily. Mixed with Annabel Lee-ish kind of feeling (view spoiler). And maybe Inferno too, perhaps, because the daught
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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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