SYNOPSIS: A young, handsome traveler arrives in medieval Italy. He meets a beautiful woman, the daughter of an eccentric scientist. The young man doesn’t know that the old scientist has altered his daughter’s meta-genome, making her into the deadliest poison known to humankind.
Would it surprise you to know that it was written 119 years before the first Doctor Who episode by none other than Nathaniel Hawthorne?
Rappaccini’s Daughter, as a story, has always been way ahead of its time. Examining the effects of scientific progress on the nature of mankind, as well as the themes of Good versus Evil, the line between voyeurism and adoration, and the ways that fantasy can collide with stark reality.
This has always been one of my favorite stories. I used it in classes many times as an Educator with both English students and Actors. So, when I was offered the opportunity to record audiobooks of literary classics, I asked that my first offering would be this one.
My wife set up her paints in my studio as I read. She painted as I read Hawthorne’s words. The artwork for the cover is the result of that collaboration.
More of her paintings can be found at www.puahlove.com.