Herein are 6 richly illustrated tales, or rather, Greek Myths rewritten for children. The book includes the myths of:
Theseus and the Minotaur (Chapter : "The Minotaur")
Antaeus and the Pygmies (Chapter: "The Pygmies")
Dragon's Teeth (Chapter: "The Dragon's Teeth")
Circe's Palace (Chapter: "Circe's Palace")
Proserpina, Ceres, Pluto, and the Pomegranate Seed (Chapter: "The Pomegranate Seed")
Jason and the Golden Fleece (Chapter: "The Golden Fleece")
Hawthorne wrote this book while renting a small cottage in the Berkshires, a vacation area in Massachusetts for industrialists during the Gilded Age. The owner of the cottage, a railroad baron, renamed the cottage "Tanglewood" in honour of the book having been written there. Later, a nearby mansion was renamed Tanglewood, where outdoor classical concerts were held, which became a Berkshire summer tradition. Ironically, Hawthorne hated living in the Berkshires.
The Tanglewood neighbourhood of Houston was also named after the book. The book was a favourite of Mary Catherine Farrington, the daughter of Tanglewood developer William Farrington. It also reportedly inspired the name of the thickly wooded Tanglewood Island in the state of Washington.
Not a bad legacy for a book of Greek myths rewritten for children…..!
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