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Mosses from an Old Manse (/) is a collection of 26 tales and sketches by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hawthorne's imagination, insight into human nature, elegant and clear style, quiet humor, lack of sentimentality, empathy with human sin and suffering, and range of genres are all impressive.
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Barron ed , Fantasy Literature Barron ed , Horror Literature Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction Bleiler , p. Reginald Wright I BAL Clark A Private owner's bookplate affixed to front paste-down. Binding extremities rubbed, but overall quite presentable, some scattered foxing and old damp stains to text blocks, latter mostly to lower right corners, but internally very good and generally clean. Overall, a fairly nice copy.
A seminal work of early American fantastic literature by one of the two the other was Poe founding fathers of modern American imaginative fiction. Seller: L. Published: In Two Parts. New York:: Wiley and Putnam,, First edition, one-volume clothbound issue [Clark A Spine and corners worn and frayed, with few short tears and small chips on spine, text lightly foxed, few signatures sprung, but hinges and binding tight, text fresh and quite clean. A good to very good copy of an uncommon title. Green cloth, pp. In Clark's survey of the type batter in both volumes, this copy conforms to his third printing.
Clark also states "final leaf of vol. II removed before binding in many copies examined"-- this copy retains the final leaf. Seller: Waiting for Godot Books Published: Condition: Spine and corners worn and frayed, with few short tears and small chips on spine, text lightly foxed, few signatures sprung, but Edition: First edition, one-volume clothbound issue [Clark A Very Good. Two parts in one volume: , , , ,  p. Modern rebacking of contemporary leather spine and corners with original marbled paper over boards.
Original brown endpapers. First edition, first issue with R. Craighead's Power Press and T. Smith, Stereotyper, on the verso of the title page, verso of part 2, p. BAL, Wright I , The 19th-century binder removed the Part Two title page and publisher's advertisements, and bound the table of contents for Part Two after the table of contents for Part One.
Undated catalog description attached to front fixed endpaper. Former owner's name on front free endpaper: "Wm. Ellery Sedgwick" [William Ellery Sedgwick]. Inscription in another hand on blank leaf following front free endpaper dated In Very Good Condition: modern rebacking and repair of endpaper hinges; light foxing in margins; a few pages soiled; otherwise clean and tight. Bound in the publisher's green cloth; decorated in blind, with the title in gilt on the spine.
Mildly soiled, with a few small tears along the spine's joints. Internally clean. Smith, Stereotyper. Ships with Tracking Number! Some nice tales here, but overall read very dated and was often a slog. One of Hawthorne's better known collections. Note: the Kindle version is essentially only about half the stories in the volume.
And, funny enough, doesn't include the Mosses From and Old Manse. The collection is freely available from Gutenberg Project and other sites. Despite the length of the book, I could only concentrate on several of the stories as with my required readings from the collection and I found the overall stories "The Birthmark", "Rappaccini's Daughter", "The Artist of the Beautiful" to be a sort of science fiction fairytale. I'm really surprised with it.
For a classic, the style is evidently modern and doesn't overfill itself with too much descriptive details and difficult languages which I find in most of the older literatures.
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It was easy to identify with the situation particularly when the books never actually try to overwhelm the readers which made its easily accessible. I've wondered why the author being compared with Poe when it's clearly both writers doesn't write similarly.
They maybe gothic authors of their time but Hawthorne's style of writing is very relevant to this day. In fact, I never get the 19th century feel from it since the flow is very direct and straightforward unlike the deary constant character's monologues in classics. I can find a lot of references that would make certain story steampunk by definition which is a genre I'm currently familiarizing with.
To be honest, I never heard of the stories before nor read any Hawthorne book in my life. I'm glad to have found a good author that I like. The other collection which was Hawthorne's Twice-Told Tales consisted of many pieces of his work and I don't think I will be reviewing that soon since I would have wanted to read each of his work same goes as Grimms Tales and Portable Poe. The retelling from an Italian story of a forbidden romance, confused main character, victimized by a manipulator and most importantly, the toxicology elements in it which probably one of my favourite subject during university.
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I guess Hawthorne can be considered as a predecessor to Mary Shelley in the rising era of science fiction. I really wish Hawthorne is in my highschool syllabus. It would make the readings more interesting than boring ones that I had to suffer.
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Hawthorne rocks the world. Unfortunately he is greatly misunderstood. We read him in school, oftentimes, through the lens of The Scarlet Letter, which is usually taught all wrong. Hawthorne, like The Scarlet Letter, is usually presented by teachers as a critic of his time and culture. If that's all that Hawthorne is good for then by all means we should grow up disliking him. But I'm telling you, people, that he is good for so much more. Read my review of The House of the Seven Gables for a more in-depth reason why.
Here, let me say only that most of the stories in this collection I have to say, I didn't actually read this particular edition focus on the irony of saintly appearances. What and who we typically claim to be good and holy and successful and all that, Hawthorne tears down and then sets up another definition of joy, success, and goodness.
That seems to be the "purpose," if he had one, for these stories. It's the strangely mysterious and supernatural form that these stories take, however, that should attract your attention. Hawthorne took the "romance" genre and reinvented it into something both new and more impressive. Labeling him merely as a romanticist, allegorist, or cultural critic, has ruined our ability to let the stories take us on a frightful journey that slashes at what we know, or think, to be reality, and then sews that reality back together with noticeable holes.
Almost all his stories are set in a certain time and place, yes, but we shouldn't be fooled by that. Feb 27, Leah rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction-classic. A collection of short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne. My first book by this author and I will be coming back to his work! His writing is beautiful and it really draws me in. Free on the kindle. Stories read: The Old Manse - Some beautiful descriptions of nature in this one!
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Buds and Bird Voices - An essay about spring. The A collection of short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Those who liked Pilgrim's Progress will probably like this one too. I thought it was great!