During and after his life, different collections of Nathaniel Hawthorne's short stories were published. Some of the collections contain tales that have been published previously, while others include works that have not been published previously or subsequently. This is a collection of six of Nathaniel Hawthorne's short stories. The first one, The Snow Image, is a charming story about two children who make a girl made of snow come alive, at least in their minds. Children will enjoy this story, while teens and adults will be drawn to others in the book.
This edition of the book contains 10 original illustrations, rejuvenated, seven of which are presented in full color in The Snow Image.
Nathaniel Hawthorne, born Nathaniel Hathorne, was born in 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts, to Nathaniel Hathorne and the former Elizabeth Clarke Manning. His ancestors include John Hathorne, the only judge involved in the Salem witch trials who never repented of his actions. Nathaniel later added a "w" to make his name "Hawthorne" in order to hide this relation. He entered Bowdoin College in 1821, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1824, and graduated in 1825. Hawthorne published his first work, a novel titled Fanshawe, in 1828; he later tried to suppress it, feeling it was not equal to the standard of his later work. He published several short stories in periodicals, which he collected in 1837 as Twice-Told Tales. The next year, he became engaged to Sophia Peabody. He worked at the Boston Custom House and joined Brook Farm, a transcendentalist community, before marrying Peabody in 1842. The couple moved to The Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts, later moving to Salem, the Berkshires, then to The Wayside in Concord. The Scarlet Letter was published in 1850, followed by a succession of other novels. A political appointment as consul took Hawthorne and family to Europe before their return to Concord in 1860. Hawthorne died on May 19, 1864, and was survived by his wife and their three children.