A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys

Nathaniel HAWTHORNE (1804 - 1864)

A Yankee student stays at a country house called Tanglewood during a golden New England fall. Also at the house are about a dozen children: younger cousins of the student and their friends of varying ages. The student, as much to amuse himself as to amuse the children, organises games and activities and tells stories. And the stories he tells are wild and fantastic. When his store of fairy tales and folk legends is exhausted he hits on the idea of retelling Greek Myths in his own style.

We visit Tanglewood six times during the course of a year and hear six of the student's beautifully told stories: The Gorgon's Head, The Golden Touch, A Paradise of Children, The Three Golden Apples, The Miraculous Pitcher and The Chimaera. (Summary by Clive Catterall)

Genre(s): Short works

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface Clive Catterall
00:02:52
Play 01 Chapter 1 Part 1 - The Gorgon's Head Clive Catterall
00:23:26
Play 02 Chapter 1 Part 2 - The Gorgon's Head Clive Catterall
00:20:42
Play 03 Chapter 1 Part 3 - The Gorgon's Head Clive Catterall
00:16:47
Play 04 Chapter 2 Part 1 - The Golden Touch Clive Catterall
00:20:53
Play 05 Chapter 2 Part 2 - The Golden Touch Clive Catterall
00:23:49
Play 06 Chapter 3 Part 1 - The Paradise of Children Clive Catterall
00:23:17
Play 07 Chapter 3 Part 2 - The Paradise of Children Clive Catterall
00:16:57
Play 08 Chapter 4 Part 1 - The Three Golden Apples Clive Catterall
00:25:37
Play 09 Chapter 4 Part 2 - The Three Golden Apples Clive Catterall
00:28:21
Play 10 Chapter 5 Part 1 - The Miraculous Pitcher Clive Catterall
00:23:33
Play 11 Chapter 5 Part 2 - The Miraculous Pitcher Clive Catterall
00:23:45
Play 12 Chapter 6 Part 1 - The Chimaera Clive Catterall
00:28:55
Play 13 Chapter 6 Part 2 - The Chimaera Clive Catterall
00:29:47