Twice-Told tales, originally published in 1837 and revised and republished by Hawthorne in 1851 (the edition reproduced here), is the most famous collection of Hawthorne's stories. All of Hawthorne's great gifts - and the features that make him not only one of the greatest but one of the most contemporary American authors, are on full display here.
Born in Salem, Massachusetts, Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) is one of America's greatest writers. His classic novels include The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables, both in the dark romanticism genre, with moral messages and a Puritan influence. He also wrote short stories and non-fiction. Hawthorne, who spent significant parts of his life in The Berkshires and Concord, Massachusetts, was born with the surname Hathorne. He added the "w" to distance himself from his great-great-grandfather John Hathorne, the unrepentant Salem magistrate and chief interrogator of the accused witc