DescriptionOne of 19th-century America's greatest authors recounts timeless tales from Greek mythology in this delightful partner to A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys. Nathaniel Hawthorne's evocative interpretations of traditional stories about heroes, sorceresses, kings, and other legendary characters provide young readers and listeners with a spellbinding introduction to classic myths.
The adventures begin with The Minotaur, the tale of an Athenian prince's conquest of a monstrous half-man, half-bull. Other stories include The Pygmies, concerning a friendly giant and his small-minded neighbors; The Dragon's Teeth, recounting the birth of a team of warriors and the founding of a city; Circe's Palace, in which an enchantress matches wits with the trickster Ulysses; The Pomegranate Seeds, a tale of the underworld; and The Golden Fleece, the story of an aspiring king and his quest for the shining symbol that will win a throne.
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About the Author
Author of The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-64) wrote the stories that lie at the heart of the American Romantic movement. His novels' portraits of colonial life reflect his Puritan heritage, and his short story collections, A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys and its successor, Tanglewood Tales, consist of adaptations of Greek myths.