Tanglewood Tales (1853) is a book by American author Nathaniel Hawthorne. It is a re-writing of some of the most famous of the ancient Greek myths in a volume for children. The book covers the myths of: Theseus and the Minotaur, Antaeus and the Pygmies, Dragon's Teeth, Circe's Palace, Proserpina, Ceres, Pluto, and the Pomegranate Seed, and Jason and the Golden Fleece. In addition there is an opening introduction, titled "The Wayside", in reference to The Wayside in Concord, Massachusetts, where Hawthorne lived from 1852 until his death and presumably where he was when he wrote the introduction. Hawthorne wrote the book while renting a small cottage in the Berkshires, a popular vacation area for the wealthy industrialists of the Gilded Age. The owner of the cottage, a railroad baron, renamed the cottage "Tanglewood" in honor of the book written there. Later, a nearby mansion was renamed Tanglewood and hosted concerts which continue to this day. Although there are no color illustrations inside the book, there are six high resolution incredible illustrations by Virginia Frances Sterrett on the front and back covers of the physical book.
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Nathaniel Hawthorne (born Nathaniel Hathorne; July 4, 1804 - May 19, 1864) was an American novelist and short story writer. Much of Hawthorne's writing centers around New England, many works featuring moral allegories with a Puritan inspiration. His fiction works are considered part of the Romantic movement and, more specifically, dark romanticism. His themes often center on the inherent evil and sin of humanity, and his works often have moral messages and deep psychological complexity. His published works include novels, short stories, and a biography of his friend Franklin Pierce. While on a tour of the White Mountains, Hawthorne died in his sleep on May 19, 1864, in Plymouth, New Hampshire.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG1453838473