Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American novelist and short story writer. His works featuring moral allegories with a Puritan inspiration. His fiction works are considered part of the Romantic movement and, more specifically, dark romanticism. His themes often center on the inherent evil and sin of humanity, and his works often have moral messages and deep psychological complexity. 'Twice-Told Tales' is a collection book of short-stories written be Nathaniel Hawthorne that was initially published in 1837. The book includes such stories as 'The Gray Champion', 'Sunday At Home', 'The Great Carbuncle' and others.