Author(s): Nathaniel Hawthorne
This delightful collection of stories for children, written in 1853 by Nathaniel Hawthorne, best remembered for The Scarlet Letter, is a captivating retelling of ancient Greek myths.The reader joins Theseus as he battles to escape the labyrinth and the clutches of the fearsome Minotaur. We accompany Jason and his Argonauts on their perilous quest for the Golden Fleece. Hawthorne also recounts Cadmus' encounter with the terrifying dragons whose teeth, once planted, sprout entire armies. These brilliant stories, amongst many others, are the adventures that lie in wait in Tanglewood Tales.Hawthorne's writing remains fresh and his stories are still perfect for all inquisitive young readers.
'The most luxuriant of the seed-bed sowers of American literature' Simon Schama 'The style of Hawthorne is purity itself. His tone is singularly effective - wild, plaintive, thoughtful' Edgar Allan Poe 'The allegorist par excellence' Telegraph
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was an American novelist and short-story writer. His most famous work, The Scarlet Letter, appeared in 1850 and is considered by many to be the first American psychological novel.