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Rappaccini's Daughter (Democratic Review, 1844; Mosses from an Old Manse, 1846).

a story by <IR> NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE </IR> . This is one of the most effective of Hawthorne's short stories, in which a brooding symbolism pervades the incidents of an ingenious plot. A scientist whose absorption in his experiments is deeper than his love for his child feeds his daughter poison to study its effects. A young student falls in love with her and seeks to cure her with an antidote, but it kills her. As his American Notes testifies, Hawthorne had found the germ of his story in Sir Thomas Browne's Vulgar Errors. Browne had discovered the idea as far back as the medieval Gesta romanorum. Rappacini's Daughter forms the basis for <IR> CHARLES WAKEFIELD CADMAN </IR> 's opera, The Garden of Mystery (1925).

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Publication:Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature
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Date:Jan 1, 1991
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