Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote "The Minister's Black Veil." First published in the anthology, "The Token and Atlantic Souvenir," in 1836, the story appeared the next year in a collection of Hawthorne's stories titled, "Twice-Told Tales."
"The Minister's Black Veil" tells the story of Reverend Mr. Hooper, a clergyman in a small town. One day, he comes to the church wearing a black veil on his face. He preaches his regular sermon with the veil and continues to wear it both in public and in private for the rest of his life. The veil comes between him and his fiancée, who leaves him, and the villagers whisper about it behind his back. However, he continues to wear the veil, a symbol of some unknown sin in his life, until his death, and becomes a beloved figure among his parishioners.Learn More
"OneThousand and One Nights," also called "The Arabian Nights," is a compilation of folk tales of Middle Eastern and Indian decent whose original authors are unknown. There are numerous versions of "The Arabian Nights," with some of the most popular translations completed by Sir Richard Francis Burton, Joseph-Charles Mardus and Edward Lane. Many scholars believe that the original tales date back as far as the ninth century.Full Answer >
The author of "The Canterbury Tales" is Geoffrey Chaucer. Chaucer's works are considered to be a cornerstone of English literature and are taught in universities across the globe. Born in London in 1343, he was famous for his use of satire and dry humor to bring attention to the faults of society in his time.Full Answer >
"The Night the Bed Fell" is a short story written by the American author James Thurber. The story is a brief account of events that occurred in Thurber's house in Columbus, Ohio.Full Answer >
Jean-Jacques Rousseau is the author of "The Social Contract." The book was published in 1762 in France. It is a political, social and philosophical work that greatly influenced the French Revolution.Full Answer >