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Biographical Stories (From: "True Stories of History and Biography")   By: (1804-1864)

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The collection of Biographical Stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne offers readers a captivating and insightful journey through the lives of notable individuals from history. With his signature lyrical prose and deep understanding of human nature, Hawthorne brings these biographical sketches to life, immersing readers in the triumphs, struggles, and complexities of these remarkable figures.

Hawthorne's meticulous research shines through in every story, demonstrating his commitment to presenting accurate accounts of these historical figures. He delves into their lives, delving into the depths of their personalities, motivations, and their impact on the world. Through his writing, Hawthorne seamlessly weaves together fact and fiction, creating narratives that are both informative and emotionally engaging.

One of the key strengths of this collection lies in Hawthorne's ability to capture the essence of his subjects. Whether it is the enigmatic figure of Leonardo da Vinci, the courage and resilience of Joan of Arc, or the intellectual brilliance of Benjamin Franklin, Hawthorne masterfully paints vivid portraits of these individuals, allowing readers to see them not just as historical figures, but as multifaceted human beings.

Moreover, what sets these biographical stories apart is Hawthorne's unique perspective. He goes beyond the realm of historical events and delves into the inner lives and struggles of these individuals. Through his exploration of their personal ambitions, doubts, and emotional turmoil, Hawthorne presents a more intimate and relatable portrayal of these historical figures. This approach not only enriches the narratives but also highlights the enduring relevance of their stories.

Another notable aspect of this collection is Hawthorne's ability to seamlessly blend historical accuracy with his own imaginative storytelling. While maintaining the integrity of the known facts, he skillfully fills in the gaps, adding depth and nuance to the narratives. This combination of historical truth and fictional embellishment creates a compelling reading experience that is both educational and entertaining.

However, it is worth noting that the collection may not be suited for those seeking in-depth, comprehensive biographies. Hawthorne's stories focus more on the emotional and psychological aspects of these historical figures rather than providing exhaustive historical accounts. Consequently, some readers might find themselves craving more details or longing for a deeper exploration of certain events.

Nevertheless, Biographical Stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne is an enriching and captivating read for history enthusiasts and literature lovers alike. Through his lyrical prose, meticulous research, and imaginative storytelling, Hawthorne breathes life into these biographical sketches, offering readers a unique perspective on the lives of some of history's most fascinating individuals.

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By Nathaniel Hawthorne





This small volume and others of a similar character, from the same hand, have not been composed without a deep sense of responsibility. The author regards children as sacred, and would not, for the world, cast anything into the fountain of a young heart that might imbitter and pollute its waters. And, even in point of the reputation to be aimed at, juvenile literature is as well worth cultivating as any other. The writer, if he succeed in pleasing his little readers, may hope to be remembered by them till their own old age, a far longer period of literary existence than is generally attained by those who seek immortality from the judgments of full grown men.


When Edward Temple was about eight or nine years old he was afflicted with a disorder of the eyes. It was so severe, and his sight was naturally so delicate, that the surgeon felt some apprehensions lest the boy should become totally blind. He therefore gave strict directions to keep him in a darkened chamber, with a bandage over his eyes... Continue reading book >>

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