Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys

ISBN-10: 067943643X
ISBN-13: 9780679436430
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Description: Six legends of Greek mythology, retold for children by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Included are The Gorgon7;s Head, The Golden Touch, The Paradise of Children, The Three Golden Apples, The Miraculous Pitcher, and The Chimaera. In 1838, Hawthorne suggested  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/27/1994
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 270
Size: 6.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Six legends of Greek mythology, retold for children by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Included are The Gorgon7;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 Pandora7;s Box, but this never materialized. He wroteA Wonder Bookbetween April and July 1851, adapting six legends most freely from Charles Anton7;sA Classical Dictionary(1842). He set out deliberately to 0;modernize1; the stories, freeing them from what he called 0;cold moonshine1; 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 was born on July 4, 1804 in Salem, Mass. When Hawthorne was four years old, his father died. Years later, with financial help from his maternal relatives who recognized his literary talent, Hawthorne was able to enroll in Bowdoin College. Among his classmates were the important literary and political figures Horatio Bridge, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Franklin Pierce. These friends supplied Hawthorne with employment during the early years after graduation while Hawthorne was still establishing himself as a legitimate author. Hawthorne's first novel, Fanshawe, which he self-published in 1928, wasn't quite the success that he had hoped it would be. Not willing to give up, Hawthorne began writing stories for Twice-Told Tales. These stories established Hawthorne as a leading writer. In 1842, Hawthorne moved to Concord, Mass., where he wrote a number of tales, including "Rappaccini's Daughter" and "Young Goodman Brown," that were later published as Mosses from an Old Manse. The overall theme of Hawthorne's novels was a deep concern with ethical problems of sin, punishment, and atonement. No one novel demonstrated that more vividly than The Scarlet Letter. This tale about the adulterous Puritan Hester Prynne is regarded as Hawthorne's best work and is a classic of American literature. Other famous novels written by Hawthorne include The House of Seven Gables and The Blithedale Romance. In 1852, Hawthorne wrote a campaign biography of his college friend Franklin Pierce. After Pierce was elected as President of the United States, he rewarded Hawthorne with the Consulship at Liverpool, England. Hawthorne died in his sleep on May 19, 1864, while on a trip with Franklin Pierce.

Arthur Rackham was born in London, England. At the age of 18, he worked as a clerk at the Westminster Fire Office and began studying part-time at the Lambeth School of Art. In 1892 he left his job and started working for The Westminster Budget as a reporter and illustrator. His first book illustrations were published in 1893 in To the Other Side by Thomas Rhodes, but his first serious commission was in 1894 for The Dolly Dialogues, the collected sketches of Anthony Hope, who later went on to write The Prisoner of Zenda. Book illustrating then became Rackham's career for the rest of his life. Rackham invented his own unique technique which resembled photographic reproduction; he would first sketch an outline of his drawing, then lightly block in shapes and details. Afterwards he would add lines in pen and India ink, removing the pencil traces after it had dried. With color pictures, he would then apply multiple washes of color until transparent tints were created. Arthur Rackham died in 1939 of cancer in his home in Limpsfield, Surrey.

The Gorgon's Head
Tanglewood Porch--Introductory to The Gorgon's Head
The Gorgon's Head
Tanglewood Porch--After the Story
The Golden Touch
Shadow Brook--Introductory to The Golden Touch
The Golden Touch
Shadow Brook--After the Story
The Paradise of Children
Tanglewood Play-Room--Introductory to The Paradise of Children
The Paradise of Children
Tanglewood Play-Room--After the Story
The Three Golden Apples
Tanglewood Fireside--Introductory to The Three Golden Apples
The Three Golden Apples
Tanglewood Fireside--After the Story
The Miraculous Pitcher
The Hill-Side--Introductory to the Miraculous Pitcher
The Miraculous Pitcher
The Hill-Side--After the Story
The Chimaera
Bald-Summit--Introductory to The Chimaera
The Chimaera
Bald-Summit--After the Story
List of Designs
Half-Title
Frontispiece--Bellerophon on Pegasus
Title
Preface
Tailpiece
Contents
List of Designs
Tailpiece
Headpiece--Tanglewood Porch
The Gorgon's Head--Headpiece
Perseus and the Graiae
Perseus armed by the Nymphs
Perseus and the Gorgons
Perseus showing the Gorgon's Head
Tailpiece
Headpiece--Tanglewood Porch, After the Story
Tailpiece
Headpiece--Shadow Brook
The Golden Touch--Headpiece
The Stranger appearing to Midas
Midas' Daughter turned to Gold
Midas with the Pitcher
Tailpiece
Headpiece--Shadow Brook, After the Story
Tailpiece
Headpiece--Tanglewood Play-Room
Tailpiece
The Paradise of Children--Headpiece
Pandora wonders at the Box
Pandora desires to open the Box
Pandora opens the Box
Tailpiece
Headpiece--Tanglewood Play-Room, After the Story
Headpiece--Tanglewood Fireside
Tailpiece
The Three Golden Apples--Headpiece
Hercules and the Nymphs
Hercules and the Old Man of the Sea
Hercules and Atlas
Tailpiece
Headpiece--Tanglewood Fireside, After the Story
Tailpiece
Headpiece--The Hill-Side
Tailpiece
The Miraculous Pitcher--Headpiece
Philemon and Baucis
The Strangers in the Village
The Strangers entertained
Tailpiece
Headpiece--The Hill-Side, After the Story
Tailpiece
Headpiece--Bald Summit
Tailpiece
The Chimaera--Headpiece
Bellerophon at the Fountain
Bellerophon slays the Chimaera
Tailpiece
Headpiece--Bald Summit, After the Story
Tailpiece

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