• Sur la place publique de Boston, les honorables paroissiens estiment qu'il aurait fallu, au moins, marquer le front d'Hester Prynne au fer rouge. Au lieu de quoi, elle ne devra porter sur sa poitrine qu'une lettre écarlate, afin de rappeler à tous son crime odieux : l'adultère et le bébé qui en est né. Comble de scandale, la lettre qu'elle a brodée, exubérante, la pare comme un bijou. Dans la Nouvelle Angleterre du XVIIe siècle, forgée par le puritanisme, la jeune femme est mise au ban de la société. Mais l'humiliation publique n'est qu'un aspect de la peine : la colère du mari trahi et la culpabilité qui ronge le père de l'enfant vont se révéler des poisons bien plus terribles.

  • Mais à quelle mystérieuse occupation se livre donc le jeune Owen Warland, horloger de son état, connu pour sa fabuleuse habileté ? Certains prétendent qu'il est à la recherche du mouvement perpétuel. Mais à chaque fois, le résultat de ses nuits de labeur acharné se brise dès que quelqu'un s'en approche. Il connaît le désespoir, la tentation du renoncement. Seule la jeune fille dont il est amoureux devine qu'il essaie d'insuffler la vie dans la matière. Cette nouvelle mi-réaliste mi-fantastique est bien sûr une parabole sur la création artistique et la place du beau dans ce monde. À travers le personnage de Warland, à la fois sublime et pathétique, incompris et proche de la folie, Hawthorne a livré un portrait de lui-même qui révèle la profondeur de ses tourments intimes.



  • Les seize histoires réunies dans Contes étranges ont été rédigées au cours des vingt années qui précédèrent la publication du chef-d'oeuvre de Nathaniel Hawthorne, La Lettre écarlate (1850). Les choix établis par Edouard-Auguste Spoll mettent en lumière les multiples facettes du talent de l'auteur. De La Marque de naissance à La Grande Figure de pierre en passant par Mr Wakefield ou L'Image de neige, ils témoignent de la maîtrise absolue de l'auteur quand il s'agit d'analyser la condition humaine et la société puritaine.

  • Hester Prynne is a beautiful young woman. She is also an outcast. In the eyes of her neighbours she has committed an unforgivable sin. Everyone knows that her little daughter, Pearl, is the product of an illicit affair but no one knows the identity of Pearl's father. Hester's refusal to name him brings more condemnation upon her. But she stands strong in the face of public scorn, even when she is forced to wear the sign of her shame sewn onto her clothes: the scarlet letter 'A' for 'Adulteress

  • Le Livre des merveilles est un recueil de récits de la mythologie grecque racontés aux enfants par le célèbre romancier américain Nathaniel Hawthorne. Bien que le livre date du XIXe siècle, il continue à faire figure de référence mondiale en matière d'adaptation de la mythologie pour les jeunes lecteurs. L'ouvrage se présente comme une juxtaposition de deux narrations. Le récit-cadre présente un étudiant du Williams College, Eustace Bright, qui entreprend d'initier un groupe d'enfants aux légendes de la Grèce antique.
    Dans ses magnifiques récits, le conteur fait trembler les enfants avec Percée face à la Méduse (La Tête de la Gorgone) ; il leur fait suivre Hercule sur le chemin du jardin des Hespérides (Les Trois pommes d'Or) ; il les initie à la tragédie de Midas (La Touche d'Or) ; il leur fait partager les misères et le bonheur de Philémon et Baucis (La Cruche miraculeuse) ; il leur fait découvrir avec le héros Bellérophon la difficulté de vaincre une créature malfaisante (La Chimère) ; il les avertit avec Pandore de la facilité avec laquelle les malheurs peuvent s'abattre sur les hommes (Le Paradis des enfants).

  • In a sleepy little New England village stands a dark, weather-beaten, many-gabled house. This brooding mansion is haunted by a centuries-old curse that casts the shadow of ancestral sin upon the last four members of the distinctive Pyncheon family. Mysterious deaths threaten the living. Musty documents nestle behind hidden panels carrying the secret of the family's salvation--or its downfall.
    Hawthorne called The House of the Seven Gables "a Romance," and freely bestowed upon it many fascinating gothic touches. A brilliant intertwining of the popular, the symbolic, and the historical, the novel is a powerful exploration of personal and national guilt, a work that Henry James declared "the closest approach we are likely to have to the Great American Novel."


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    'Ah, but let her cover the mark as she will, the pang of it will be always in her heart.'
    A tale of sin, punishment and atonement, The Scarlet Letter exposes the moral rigidity of a 17th-Century Puritan New England community when faced with the illegitimate child of a young mother. Regarded as the first real heroine of American fiction, it is Hester Prynne's strength of character that resonates with the reader when her harsh sentence is cast. It is in her refusal to reveal the identity of the father in the face of her accusers that Hawthorne champions his heroine and berates the weakness of Society for attacking the innocent.

  • Here are the best of Hawthorne's short stories. There are twenty-four of them -- not only the most familiar, but also many that are virtually unknown to the average reader. The selection was made by Professor Newton Arvin of Smith College, a recognized authority on Hawthorne and a distinguished literary critic as well. His fine introduction admirably interprets Hawthorne's mind and art.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Mosses from an Old Manse is Nathaniel Hawthorne's second story collection, first published in 1846 in two volumes and featuring sketches and tales written over a span of more than twenty years, including such classics as "Young Goodman Brown," "The Birthmark," and "Rappaccini's Daughter." Herman Melville deemed Hawthorne the American Shakespeare, and Henry James wrote that his early tales possess "the element of simple genius, the quality of imagination. That is the real charm of Hawthorne's writing--this purity and spontaneity and naturalness of fancy."
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Six legends of Greek mythology, retold for children by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Included are The Gorgon's Head, The Golden Touch, The Paradise of Children, The Three Golden Apples, The Miraculous Pitcher, and The Chimaera. In 1838, Hawthorne suggested to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow that they collaborate on a story for children based on the legend of the Pandora's Box, but this never materialized. He wrote A Wonder Book between April and July 1851, adapting six legends most freely from Charles Anton's A Classical Dictionary (1842). He set out deliberately to "modernize" the stories, freeing them from what he called "cold moonshine" and using a romantic, readable style that was criticized by adults but proved universally popular with children. With full-color illustrations throughout by Arthur Rackham.

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne's romance concerns a group of American expatriates in mid-nineteenth century Italy, and their tragic encounter with the faun-like Italian count, Donatello. It is both a murder story and a parable of the Fall of Man, dominated by the fragility and durability of human life and art. - ;'any narrative of human action and adventure - whether we call it history or Romance - is certain to be a fragile handiwork, more easily rent than mended'

    The fragility - and the durability - of human life and art dominate this story of American expatriates in Italy in the mid-nineteenth century. Befriended by Donatello, a young Italian with the classical grace of the 'Marble Faun', Miriam, Hilda, and Kenyon find their pursuit of art taking a sinister turn as Miriam's unhappy past precipitates the present into tragedy.

    Hawthorne's 'International Novel' dramatizes the confrontation of the Old World and the New and the uncertain relationship between the 'authentic' and the 'fake', in life as in art. The author's evocative descriptions of classic sites made The Marble Faun a favourite guidebook to Rome for Victorian tourists, but this richly ambiguous symbolic romance is also the story of a murder, and a parable of the Fall of Man. As the characters find their civilized existence disrupted by the awful
    consequences of impulse, Hawthorne leads his readers to question the value of Art and Culture and addresses the great evolutionary debate which was beginning to shake Victorian society. -

  • A level 4 Oxford Bookworms Library graded reader. Written for Learners of English by John Escott
    Scarlet is the colour of sin, and the letter 'A' stands for 'Adultery'. In the 1600s, in Boston, Massachusetts, love was allowed only between a husband and a wife. A child born outside marriage was a child of sin.
    Hester Prynne must wear the scarlet letter on her dress for the rest of her life. How can she ever escape from this public shame? What will happen to her child, growing up in the shadow of the scarlet letter? The future holds no joy for Hester Prynne.
    And what will happen to her sinful lover - the father of her child?

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne's romance concerns a group of American expatriates in mid-nineteenth century Italy, and their tragic encounter with the faun-like Italian count, Donatello. It is both a murder story and a parable of the Fall of Man, dominated by the fragility and durability of human life and art. - ;'any narrative of human action and adventure - whether we call it history or Romance - is certain to be a fragile handiwork, more easily rent than mended'

    The fragility - and the durability - of human life and art dominate this story of American expatriates in Italy in the mid-nineteenth century. Befriended by Donatello, a young Italian with the classical grace of the 'Marble Faun', Miriam, Hilda, and Kenyon find their pursuit of art taking a sinister turn as Miriam's unhappy past precipitates the present into tragedy.

    Hawthorne's 'International Novel' dramatizes the confrontation of the Old World and the New and the uncertain relationship between the 'authentic' and the 'fake', in life as in art. The author's evocative descriptions of classic sites made The Marble Faun a favourite guidebook to Rome for Victorian tourists, but this richly ambiguous symbolic romance is also the story of a murder, and a parable of the Fall of Man. As the characters find their civilized existence disrupted by the awful
    consequences of impulse, Hawthorne leads his readers to question the value of Art and Culture and addresses the great evolutionary debate which was beginning to shake Victorian society. -

  • With an essay by D. H. Lawrence.'Shame, Despair, Solitude! These had been her teachers, - stern and wild ones, - and they had made her strong, but taught her much amiss'Fiercely romantic and hugely influential, The Scarlet Letter is the tale of Hester Prynne, imprisoned, publicly shamed, and forced to wear a scarlet 'A' for committing adultery and bearing an illegitimate child, Pearl. In their small, Puritan village, Hester and her daughter struggle to survive, but in this searing study of the tension between private and public existence, Hester Prynne's inner strength and quiet dignity means she has frequently been seen as one of the first great heroines of American fiction.The Penguin English Library - 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.

  • Hailed by Henry James as "the finest piece of imaginative writing yet put forth in the country," Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter reaches to our nation's historical and moral roots for the material of great tragedy. Set in an early New England colony, the novel shows the terrible impact a single, passionate act has on the lives of three members of the community: the defiant Hester Prynne; the fiery, tortured Reverend Dimmesdale; and the obsessed, vengeful Chillingworth.
    With The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne became the first American novelist to forge from our Puritan heritage a universal classic, a masterful exploration of humanity's unending struggle with sin, guilt and pride.

  • A level 4 Oxford Bookworms Library graded reader. This version includes an audio book: listen to the story as you read.
    Written for Learners of English by John Escott.
    Scarlet is the colour of sin, and the letter 'A' stands for 'Adultery'. In the 1600s, in Boston, Massachusetts, love was allowed only between a husband and a wife. A child born outside marriage was a child of sin.
    Hester Prynne must wear the scarlet letter on her dress for the rest of her life. How can she ever escape from this public shame? What will happen to her child, growing up in the shadow of the scarlet letter? The future holds no joy for Hester Prynne.
    And what will happen to her sinful lover - the father of her child?

  • Hailed by Henry James as "the finest piece of imaginative writing yet put forth in the country," Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter reaches to our nation's historical and moral roots for the material of great tragedy. Set in an early New England colony, the novel shows the terrible impact a single, passionate act has on the lives of three members of the community: the defiant Hester Prynne; the fiery, tortured Reverend Dimmesdale; and the obsessed, vengeful Chillingworth.
    With The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne became the first American novelist to forge from our Puritan heritage a universal classic, a masterful exploration of humanity's unending struggle with sin, guilt and pride.

  • Roger Chillingworth arrives in New England after two years' separation from his wife, Hester Prynne, to find her on trial for adultery. She refuses to reveal her lover and is sentenced to wear a scarlet letter 'A' sewn onto her clothes. Resolving to discover the man's identity, Roger sets out to destroy his rival, while Hester desperately tries to protect her illegitimate daughter from a society determined to condemn them both.A smash hit in its day, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is the gripping tale of three New England settlers at odds with the seventeenth-century Puritan society in which they live, and remains one of literature's most evocative portraits of a love triangle.This beautiful Macmillan Collector's Library edition of The Scarlet Letter features an afterword by broadcaster Jonty Claypole.

  • An old man named Philemon and his wife, Baucis, graciously show hospitality to strangers who turn out to be, none other than Mercury, messenger of the Gods and old Jupiter, Father of us all. From an empty pitcher, milk flows endlessly. Find out what happens to the mean villagers when the valley fills with water. Who is Quicksilver and why does he have wings on his feet?Optimized for Kindle devices and featuring Panel Zoom facility. Lovingly created from 1953 to 1969, Classics Illustrated Junior continues to bring joy and wonder to young children through beautifully-illustrated adaptations of the world's most beloved fairy tales and stories by the world's greatest authors.A collection of Classics Illustrated Junior books is a great way to encourage reading and adventure in any young child.

  • Goodman Brown is a young man who leads a normal and peaceful life with his wife Faith. However one evening, he leaves his wife and heads out to the forest. He has to run an unknown and urgent errand. There, he meets an old man who strangely resembles Brown a lot. Together, they walk deeper in the woods and suddenly Brown hears Faith's voice coming from an unknown direction. He runs angrily through the forest when he stumbles upon a strange ceremony. Goodman Brown's adventure through the woods is a symbol for his journey into self-scrutiny. But is he being tortured through a dream or it this all reality?

    B. J. Harrison started his Classic Tales Podcast back in 2007, wanting to breathe new life into classic stories. He masterfully plays with a wide array of voices and accents and has since then produced over 500 audiobooks. Now in collaboration with SAGA Egmont, his engaging narration of these famous classics is available to readers everywhere.

    Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American author who lived in the period 1804-1864. He is best known as novelist and short-story writer. His literary style belongs to dark romanticism. Morality, religion, guilt and sin were topics he often took up in his stories. History, symbolism and psychology were also often intertwined in his works. To this day, he is considered to be one of the greatest fiction writers in American literature. Some of Hawthorne's most popular novels are "The Scarlet Letter", "The House of Seven Gables" and "The Marble Faun".

  • Tales of the White Mountains. An engaging and satisfying collection of four short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne, revolving around the mountains of New Hampshire, from 1850 when the Old Man of the Mountain still stood. Contains the following stories: "The Great Stone Face", "The Ambitious Guest", "The Great Carbuncle", and "Sketches From Memory".

  • In una colonia della Nuova Inghilterra del 17esimo secolo, una folla si raduna per le strade. Tutti gli occhi sono puntati sulla giovane Hester Prynne. I paesani puritani sono qui per assistere alla sua punizione. Ma questa cupa scena di umiliazione pubblica è solo l'inizio del percorso di espiazione di Hester. "La lettera scarlatta" parla di come un singolo atto di passione proibita possa cambiare per sempre le vite di tre persone. Considerato il primo romanzo psicologico d'America, il capolavoro di Nathaniel Hawthorne è una stupefacente riflessione sul peccato, la colpa, la vergogna e il terribile prezzo dell'esclusione dalla società.



    Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) è uno scrittore americano di racconti e romanzi, vicino alla cerchia del trascendentalismo. Le sue opere principali includono "La lettera scarlatta" (1850) e "La casa dei sette abbaini" (1851).

  • There once lived a very rich king called Midas who believed that nothing was more precious than gold. So begins this imaginative retelling of the myth of the man with the golden touch. When a mysterious stranger offers to grant King Midas a wish, the king does not hesitate: He wishes that all he touches would turn to gold. To his delight, his wish is granted and he soon sets about transforming his ordinary palace into a place of golden beauty. But to his dismay, when he accidentally turns his beloved daughter Marigold, into a golden statue, Midas learns that what at first seems a blessing can also become a curse.Optimized for Kindle devices and featuring Panel Zoom facility. Lovingly created from 1953 to 1969, Classics Illustrated Junior continues to bring joy and wonder to young children through beautifully-illustrated adaptations of the world's most beloved fairy tales and stories by the world's greatest authors.A collection of Classics Illustrated Junior books is a great way to encourage reading and adventure in any young child.

  • This carefully crafted ebook: "The Complete Novels (All 8 Unabridged Hawthorne Novels and Romances)" is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents.
    Table of Contents:
    Fanshawe
    The Scarlet Letter
    The House of the Seven Gables
    The Blithedale Romance
    The Marble Faun or The Romance of Monte Beni (Transformation)
    The Dolliver Romance (unfinished)
    Septimius Felton or, the Elixir of Life
    Doctor Grimshawe's Secret: A romance (unfinished)
    Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was a 19th century American novelist and short story writer. He is seen as a key figure in the development of American literature for his tales of the nation's colonial history. Between about 1825 and 1850, he developed his talent by writing short fiction and the novel Fanshawe (1828). Then he gained international fame for his novel The Scarlet Letter, a masterpiece of American literature.

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