A Wonder Book For Girls & Boys by Nathaniel Hawthorne 1893 First Illustrated Edition


In 1838, Hawthorne suggested to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow that they collaborate on a story for children based on the legend of the Pandora’s Box, but this never materialized.

Years later he wrote A Wonder Book in 1851, adapting six Greek legends from Charles Anton’s A Classical Dictionary.

Hawthorne set out deliberately to “modernize” the stories, freeing them from what he called “cold moonshine” and using a romantic, readable style that was criticized by adults but proved universally popular with children.

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