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THE WONDER-BOOK FOR GIRLS AND BOYS by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Hardcover - 6th Edition - 1884 - from jakoll (SKU: 3779)

THE WONDER-BOOK FOR GIRLS AND BOYS

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THE WONDER-BOOK FOR GIRLS AND BOYS

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Riverside Press, Cambridge-Boston: Houghton-Mifflin Co., 1884. THE WONDER-BOOK FOR GIRLS AND BOYS- Nathaniel Hawthorne [1804-1864].- Illustrated by F. S. Church (Frederick Stuart), 1842-1924, ill.- Houghton-Mifflin Co.- Riverside Press, Cambridge-Boston (c.1884) This edition before 1891- gift dedication on ffep is 1891.- 6th Edition- Hardcover:-4to- G-VG fine binding of bevelled maroon cloth with illustration of Pegasus flying over the moon in gilt as are titles- cloth is rubbed at extremities, book is square and tight, ffep has sealed tear- otherwise no writing or loose pages- viii-150pp are clean and crisp-all edges are gilt- SEE MY PHOTOS- Includes The Gorgon's Head, The Golden Touch, The Paradise of Children, The Three Golden Apples, The Miraculous Pitcher and The Chimaera- beautifully illustrated with 37 in text illustrations in b&w by F.S. Church.- A wonderful children's book.- Fiction-juvenile-mythology-adventure-anthlogy-illustrated (3779) . 6th Edition. Fine Binding. G-VG/No Jacket as Issued. Illus. by F. S. Church. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

Synopsis

Hawthorne made it his ambition to be a writer as a teenager, he graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine, where poet Longfellow was also a student, and spent several years traveling New England writing short stories before creating The Scarlet Letter. He wrote A Wonder-Book between April and July 1851, freely adapting six legends from Charles Anton's A Classical Dictionary . He set out deliberately to 'modernize' the stories, freeing them from 'cold moonshine' and using a romantic, readable style. This was criticized by adults but proved universally popular with children.  The stories in A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys are all stories within a story. The frame being that a Williams College student, Eustace Bright, is telling these tales to a group of children at Tanglewood, an area in Lenox, Massachusetts, where Hawthorne lived for a time. A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys covers the myths of: The Gorgon's Head - the story of Perseus killing Medusa at the request of the king of the island, Polydectes. The Golden Touch - the story of King Midas and his "Golden Touch". The Paradise of Children - the story of Pandora opening the box filled with all of mankind's Troubles. The Three Golden Apples - the story of Heracles procuring the Three Golden Apples from the Hesperides' orchard, with the help of Atlas. The Miraculous Pitcher - the story of Baucis and Philemon providing food and shelter to two strangers who were Zeus and "Quicksilver" (Hermes) in disguise. Baucis and Philemon were rewarded by the gods for their kindness; they were promised never to live apart from one another. The Chimæra - the story of Bellerophon taming Pegasus and killing the Chimæra.

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Bookseller
jakoll CA (CA)
Bookseller's Inventory #
3779
Title
THE WONDER-BOOK FOR GIRLS AND BOYS
Author
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Illustrator
F. S. Church
Format/Binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - G-VG
Jacket condition
No Jacket as Issued
Edition
6th Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Houghton-Mifflin Co.
Place of Publication
Riverside Press, Cambridge-Boston
Date Published
1884
Keywords
Fiction-juvenile-mythology-adventure-anthlogy-illustrated
Size
4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall

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