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TANGLEWOOD TALES, For Girls and Boys; being A Second Wonder-Book. by Hawthorne Nathaniel - Hardcover - 1864 - from Buddenbrooks, Inc. and Biblio.com

TANGLEWOOD TALES, For Girls and Boys; being A Second Wonder-Book.

by Hawthorne Nathaniel

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Boston: Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1864. An early issue and scarce. With fine full-page engravings throughout. 8vo, original red ribbed cloth lettered and decorated in gilt on the spine and blocked and elaborately decorated in blind on the covers. 336. A lovely copy, unusually clean and quite fresh with the gilt intact on the spine. A small smudge on the upper cover and a touch of evidence of shelving, and internally only lightly mellowed. AN UNUSUALLY NICE COPY AND A VERY SCARCE IN ORIGINAL DECORATED CLOTH OF THIS EARLY REPRINT OF HAWTHORNE’S CLASSIC WORK.
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s TANGLEWOOD TALES is a collection of six stories taken from Greek Mythology and retold for the modern young reader. His spellbinding accounts of The Minotaur, The Pygmies, The Dragon’s Teeth, The Golden Fleece, etc continue to captivate children of all ages. “These are the tales that children heard in ancient Greece, from the women at their spinning-wheels, or the fishermen mending their nets beside the wine-dark sea. That was two thousand years ago, but children today still listen as eagerly, for they are tales of voyage and enchantments and strange adventures that befell when the world was young.”
There is an ironic erotic beauty in his good Chiron teaching the harp, set in the otherworldly verdure of a shaded stream. We are thrilled by the movement and adventure of King Pluto speeding in his chariot through a highly stylized rocky landscape. And how can we not be stirred by the sheer force of the abstract grace of the figure of Cadmus, struggling with all his might to free himself from the mouth of the monolithic green dragon? It is no wonder that not only was this book a great success at its publication, but that even to this day it continues to delight a new generation of readers.


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