The Snow Image and Other Twice-Told Tales

The Snow Image and Other Twice-Told Tales

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The Snow Image and Other Twice-Told Tales

The Snow Image and Other Twice-Told Tales

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By the spring of 1851 Hawthorne was famous. His Scarlet Letter had been before the public for a year, winning enthusiastic plaudits in England no less than in America. The House of the Seven Gables, the achievement of the winter, was just out, and he was already planning his summer task, A Wonder-Book. So when his publishers pressed him for another collection of twice-told tales, the author, being, as he said, “a little worn down with constant work,” called in the aid of his younger sister, Louisa. On the twentieth of May he wrote to her, from the red cottage in Lenox, to announce the advent of Baby Rosebud, and added to his letter the following postscript: “ Ticknor & Co. want to publish a volume of my tales and sketches not hitherto collected. If you have any, or can obtain them, pray do so. Can you make me a black silk stock, to be ready when I come ? To whom is Dora married, and how is she making out ?”

It is fortunate that men of genius have sisters, not only for convenience in the matter of black silk stocks, but because such faithful women-folk are addicted to a fond habit of hoarding up odd copies of magazines and newspapers containing articles which both the world and the author have forgotten.

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