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Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Miraculous Pitcher,' excerpted from 'A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys,' represents a masterful adaptation of classical myths for a young audience. Drawing upon the rich tradition of Greek mythology, Hawthorne imbues the tale with his signature blend of allegory and symbolism, rendered in a language both accessible and engaging to children. In his retelling, he retains the core elements of the ancient stories and skillfully weaves them within the literary context of 19th-century America, offering young readers both entertainment and a subtle moral education. The fluid convergence of didactic intent and narrative elegance in this book illuminates Hawthorne's prowess in children's literary forms and his capability to bring mythological characters to life with a new resonance.

A venerated figure in the American literary canon, Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804?1864) is renowned for his exploration of moral complexity and the dark undercurrents of human nature. 'The Miraculous Pitcher' swoops away from his customary Gothic intensity to a lighter touch suitable for children's literature. With his deep understanding of Puritan New England, Hawthorne transplants the ancient Greek pantheon into an American milieu, enriching his narratives with the moral overtones reflective of his own cultural backdrop. This lighter work is far from bereft of his contemplative depth and continues to mirror a society grappling with its values and beliefs.

Recommended with enthusiasm, 'The Miraculous Pitcher' is a delightful addition to the library of both young readers and adults who appreciate literary sophistication dressed in the simplicity of a children's tale. Perfect for those interested in an early introduction to classic myths, this book also serves as a prime exemplar of how folklore can be utilized to impart timeless wisdom. Readers will not only indulge in the enduring magic of Greek mythology but will also discern Hawthorne's nuanced craft in transforming traditional narratives into enduring American literature.


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Nathaniel Hawthorne
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The Miraculous Pitcher (From: "A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys")
Biografía del Autor
<p>Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804?1864) was an American novelist and short story writer, a prominent figure in 19th-century American literature characterized by his exploration of themes such as guilt, sin, and the moral complexity of human nature. Born in Salem, Massachusetts, which greatly influenced the gothic and dark romantic tone of his works, Hawthorne came from a family with a Puritanical lineage that included a judge who presided over the Salem witch trials. A graduate of Bowdoin College, Hawthorne\'s close circle included notable personalities such as poets Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Franklin Pierce, who later became President of the United States. Hawthorne\'s most celebrated novel \'The Scarlet Letter\' underlines his fascination with the Puritan society, and his affinity for symbolic and allegorical storytelling. His literary canon includes \'The House of the Seven Gables\' and a series of children\'s books like \'A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys\', which contains \'The Miraculous Pitcher\', a retelling of ancient myths with an engaging whimsical twist. His narrative style, often marked by a rich psychological depth and use of symbolism, leaves a notable imprint on American Romanticism. Despite enjoying contemporary success, Hawthorne battled financial instability and personal doubts about the significance of his work. Posthumously, however, he was cemented as a central figure in the American literary pantheon.</p>
ISBN: 8596547176763
Referencia: BW1037909163

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