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Mosses from an Old Manse and other stories

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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"Mosses from an Old Manse" is a short story collection by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The collection includes several previously-published short stories and is named in honor of The Old Manse where Hawthorne and his wife lived for the first three years of their marriage.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .nage, apparently of genial nature, and habits that might almost be called jovial. He kept the young man to dinner, and made himself very agreeable by the freedom and liveliness of his conversation, especially when warmed by a flask or two of Tuscan wine. Giovanni, conceiving that men of science, inhabitants of the same city, must needs be on familiar terms with one another, took an opportunity to mention the name of Dr. Rappaccini. But the professor did not respond with so much cordiality as he had anticipated.

"Ill would it become a teacher of the divine art of medicine," said Professor Pietro Baglioni, in answer to a question of Giovanni, "to withhold due and well-considered praise of a physician so eminently skilled as Rappaccini; but, on the other hand, I should answer it but scantily to my conscience were I to permit a worthy youth like yourself, Signor Giovanni, the son of an ancient friend, to imbibe erroneous ideas respecting a man who might hereafter. . . Read More

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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

I must admit that I struggled with the language on a number of occasions and that did make the stories hard work. There are some good elements in each of the stories. I particularly liked the science aspect in Birthmark and Rappaccini's Daughter. They are certainly good short stories but left me wan

"Mosses from an Old Manse and other stories" is a collection of short stories published separately under the author's name. It consisted of "The Birthmark", "Young Goodman Brown", "Rappaccini's Daughter", "Mrs. Bullfrog", "The Celestial Railroad", "The Procession of Life", "Feathertop: A Moralized L

Read for Coursera: Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World

May not be exact edition

Read for course:
The Birthmark
Rappacini's Daughter
The Artist of the Beautiful

You do need to concentrate on these because of the language but they are rewardingly creepy once you get stuck in.

Read it for the 'Fantasy and Science Fiction' course at Coursera. I wish I had read these in my college days!

Stories read-

1) "The Birthmark,"
2) "Rappaccini's Daughter,"
3) "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment,"
4) "The Artist of the Beautiful"

Dark romanticism inspired by a summer at a Unitarian Transcendental commune.

The Birthmark
Rappaccini's Daughter
The Artist of the Beautiful

This is an anthology of short stories some of them familiar from freshman english classes. I enjoyed revisiting Young Goodman Brown, Rappuccini's Daughter, and most of all the horrifying Tale The Birthmark, where a husband dwells upon his wife's hand-shaped facial marking until she feels the force o

Meh. I like Hawthorne on a good day, and some of his best known stories ("The Artist of the Beautiful", "The Birthmark", "Young Goodman Brown") are collected here. There were also a few new delights for me: I loved "Roger Malvin's Burial"and "The Old Manse". However, there is no mistaking that he is

The first edition was published in 1846 with 23 stories, and later expanded to 26 stories in 1854. This edition reprints 11 of them. Most of the stories are allegorical and depict some of the darker aspects of human nature. The stories don’t hold up particularly well for modern readers, being somewh

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