Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Illustrated by S. Van Abbe'. First published in this edition in 1950, last reprinted (at time of this edition) in 1955. London: J. M. Dent & Sons LTD. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co, Inc.
Tanglewood Tales is a collection of six stories based on Greek mythology adapted for young readers and include The Minotaur, The Pygmies, The Dragon's Teeth, Circe's Palace, The Pomegranate Seeds, and The Golden Fleece. Hawthorne presents the stories as retellings by a fictional narrator named Eustace Bright, who gathers a group of children at Tanglewood, his country home. The stories are rich in moral lessons and imaginative adventures, and reflect Hawthorne's interest in classical literature and history.
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864) was an American novelist and short story writer best known for his works of dark romanticism and symbolism, such as The Scarlet Letter, The House of the Seven Gables, and The Blithedale Romance. He explored themes of sin, guilt, and human nature in his fiction, often drawing on his Puritan heritage and his personal experiences. He was also a friend and mentor of other famous writers, such as Herman Melville, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
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