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Rappaccini's Daughter (1844) [Short Story]
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There is a story about an Indian prince who sends as a gift to Alexander the Great an extraordinarily beautiful woman. Her hair was "lovely as dawn," and she was "gorgeous as the sunset." Her breath carried a sweet and enticing fragrance of exotic flowers that amazed all who sensed even the slightest trace of it. Alexander's physician realized however, that the woman had been fed minute amounts of poison from birth, to the extent that now her slightest kiss was death to all who experienced its deadly delight.

Hawthorne's Rappaccini is a man of science, so cold and so calculating, that he has absolutely no moral regrets or compunctions if sacrificing them means even the minutest advancement of his vast knowledge. He has a beautiful daughter, and a young man, Giovanni, has fallen deeply in love with her. What follows is a tragic tale of love amidst the dark whorls of Gothic horror written in Hawthorne's singular literary style.

Publication history:
Appears in:

  • Great Science Fiction About Doctors (Conklin &Fabricant, 1963)
  • Strange Signposts (Elwood &Moskowitz, 1966)
  • Future Perfect (H. Bruce Franklin, 1966)
  • Black Magic: 13 Chilling Tales (Don Ward, 1967)
  • The Other Dimension (Sara Rosner, 1972)
  • Nightmare Garden (Vic Ghidalia, 1976)
  • The Roots of Evil (Michel Parry, 1976)
  • The Road to Science Fiction #1 (James E. Gunn, 1977)
  • Isaac Asimov Presents the Best Science Fiction of the 19th Century (Asimov, Greenberg &Waugh, 1981)
  • The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural (Pronzini, Greenberg & Malzberg, 1981)
  • Science Fiction: A Historical Anthology (Eric S. Rabkin, 1983)
  • Great Tales of Horror and the Supernatural (1985)
  • The Ascent of Wonder (1994)
  • The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales (1992)
  • Stories: An Anthlogy and an Introduction (Eric S. Rabkin, 1994)
  • Major American Short Stories (A. Walton Litz, 1994)

Original title: Rappaccini's Daughter
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionFantasyDark Fantasy

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Mosses from an Old Manse (1846) [Collection]
      Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
     Basil Rathbone Selects Strange Tales (1965) [Anthology]
      Authors: Edgar Allan Poe , Charles Dickens , Nathaniel Hawthorne , Wilkie Collins , Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu , Edward Bulwer-Lytton , Charles Collins
     Roots of Evil: Beyond the Secret Life of Plants (1976) [Anthology]
      Authors: Nathaniel Hawthorne , H. G. Wells , Clifford D. Simak , Fritz Leiber , Clark Ashton Smith , Manly Wade Wellman , John Collier , Fredric Brown , David H. Keller , Margaret St. Clair , Mary Elizabeth Counselman , Hester Holland
     Great Tales of Horror and the Supernatural (1981) [Anthology]
      Authors: Bram Stoker , Edgar Allan Poe , Stephen King , H. P. Lovecraft , Ambrose Bierce , William Faulkner , Nathaniel Hawthorne , Henry James , H. G. Wells , Winston Churchill , Truman Capote , Thomas M. Disch , Barry N. Malzberg , Ramsey Campbell , William F. Nolan , Charles L. Grant , Fritz Leiber , Robert Bloch , Cyril M. Kornbluth , Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu , Robert Sheckley , Robert Silverberg , Theodore Sturgeon , Henry Slesar , Joyce Carol Oates , Bill Pronzini , Karl Edward Wagner , Theodore Dreiser , Jack Dann , John Lutz , Evan Hunter , Edward D. Hoch , Arthur Porges , Fredric Brown , Ray Russell , Theodore R. Cogswell , Cornell Woolrich , Robert Phillips , Adobe James , Elizabeth Morton
     Oxford Book of Gothic Tales, the (1992) [Anthology]
      Authors: Edgar Allan Poe , H. P. Lovecraft , Ambrose Bierce , Arthur Conan Doyle , William Faulkner , Nathaniel Hawthorne , Edith Nesbit , Ellen Glasgow , Eudora Welty , Thomas Hardy , Patrick McGrath , Clark Ashton Smith , Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu , Robert Louis Stevenson , Joyce Carol Oates , Jorge Luis Borges , Isak Dinesen , Isabel Allende , Charlotte Perkins Gilman , Ray Russell , Angela Carter , Bret Harte , George Washington Cable , Alejandra Pizarnik , Frederick Cowles , F.M. (Flora MacDonald) Mayor , Marcel Schwob , J. Wadham , Petrus Borel , Isaac Crookenden , Richard Cumberland , Anna Laetitia Aiken
     Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF, the (1994) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Edgar Allan Poe , Ursula K. Le Guin , David Brin , Rudyard Kipling , Alfred Bester , Isaac Asimov , Philip K. Dick , Nathaniel Hawthorne , Robert A. Heinlein , Anne McCaffrey , Jules Verne , H. G. Wells , William Gibson , Frederik Pohl , Cordwainer Smith , Greg Bear , Bruce Sterling , Gregory Benford , Poul Anderson , James Blish , Larry Niven , Vernor Vinge , James Tiptree, Jr. , Rudy Rucker , Michael F. Flynn , Clifford D. Simak , James P. Hogan , Henry Kuttner , Catherine Lucille (C.L.) Moore , Cyril M. Kornbluth , Bob Shaw , Theodore Sturgeon , J. G. Ballard , Gene Wolfe , Gordon R. Dickson , Robert L. Forward , Ed Bryant , Dean Ing , Ian Watson , John M. Ford , Kate Wilhelm , Hal Clement , Randall Garrett , Raymond F. Jones , Philip Latham , Miles J. Breuer , Tom Godwin , John Sladek , Raymond Z. Gallun , Hilbert Schenck , Richard Grant , Theodore L. Thomas , Donald M. Kingsbury , George Turner , Katherine MacLean , Don A. Stuart
     Garden of Deadly Delights (1996) [Anthology]
      Authors: Ruth Rendell , Agatha Christie , Nathaniel Hawthorne , Eudora Welty , Lord Dunsany , Henry Slesar , G. K. Chesterton , Edward D. Hoch , Frances Lockridge , Richard Lockridge , Carol Cail , Donald Olsen , William Bunce , Frances Usher , Sherita Saffer Campbell , K.D. Wentworth , Dan Crawford , Dorothy B. Davis , Lawrence Treat

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Language: English

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Rappaccini's Daughter (March 1, 2003)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Hesperus Press
ISBN: 1843910357
Dimensions: 6.4 x 7.7 x 0.4 in
Pages: 112

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Rappaccini's Daughter & Other Stories (November 1999)

Publisher: Dercum Audio
ISBN: 1556560826
Notes (IBList user synopsis): Audio cassette

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Rappaccini's Daughter (1995)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Dramatic Publishing Company
ISBN: 0871295083
Pages: 28

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