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Inhaltsangabe: This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...columns of the annual were several anonymous ones, which seemed to him to indicate extraordinary powers in their author. A correspondence ensued between him and this writer, the latter1s letters being signed N. Hawthorne. This was at first supposed to be a disguise, but Mr. Goodrich soon met and made arrangements with the writer, destined to be afterward so famous as Nathaniel Hawthorne. The articles called "Sights from a Steeple," "The Voices of the Dead," "Sketches Beneath an Umbrella," "The Prophetic Pictures," etc., etc., appeared successively in "The Token." Now and then an astute critic seemed to see through them, but they generally passed without notice. In 1837, Mr. Goodrich recommended to Mr. Hawthorne to publish a volume comprising all that he had contributed to the annual. Mr. Hawthorne consented, but Mr. Goodrich had now ceased to be a publisher, and it was difficult to find anyone who would undertake the responsibility and incur the risk of loss. The agent of the American Stationers1 Company consented to bring out the work if he could be insured against the results of failure. Mr. Goodrich then abandoned his copyright upon the tales, which were, of course, his property, as he had bought and paid for them, and Mr. Horatio Bridge, a classmate of Hawthorne1s, afterward paymaster in the navy, agreed to indemnify the company against loss. The book, which Mr. Hawthorne intended to publish under the title of "Provincial Tales," appeared under that of "Twice-Told Tales," and though seemingly a failure for a year or so, began soon afterward to attract notice, and may be said to have been the author1s first step on the ladder of fame. It would be impossible to give here a...
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