Hawthorne lamented, "I wish Heaven would make me rich enough to buy the copies for the purpose of burning them. In a new preface, Hawthorne wrote that the stories "may be understood and felt by anybody, who will give himself the trouble to read it, and will take up the book in a proper mood. About a week after the publication of the book, Hawthorne sent a copy to his classmate from Bowdoin College , the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
By this time, Longfellow was working at Harvard University and was becoming popular as a poet. Hawthorne wrote to him, "We were not, it is true, so well acquainted at college, that I can plead an absolute right to inflict my 'twice-told' tediousness upon you; but I have often regretted that we were not better known.
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Poe particularly praised Hawthorne's originality as "remarkable". He did, however, express praise at the use of short stories Poe was a tale-writer himself and said they "rivet the attention" of the reader. His tone is singularly effective--wild, plaintive, thoughtful, and in full accordance with his themes.
In , United Artists released a horror trilogy film titled Twice-Told Tales , with content very loosely adapted from three Hawthorne stories. The three stories were: "Dr. The film Wakefield is a modern adaptation of the story of the same name. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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