The Marble Faun

The Marble Faun

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The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne

"The fragility - and the durability - of human life and art dominate this story of American expatriates in Italy in the mid-nineteenth century. Befriended by Donatello, a young Italian with the classical grace of the 'Marble Faun', Miriam, Hilda, and Kenyon find their pursuit of art taking a sinister turn as Miriam's unhappy past precipitates the present into tragedy." Hawthorne's 'International Novel' dramatizes the confrontation of the Old World and the New and the uncertain relationship between the 'authentic' and the 'fake' in life as in art. The author's evocative descriptions of classic sites made The Marble Faun a favourite guidebook to Rome for Victorian tourists, but his richly ambiguous symbolic romance is also the story of a murder, and a parable of the Fall of Man. As the characters find their civilized existence disrupted by the awful consequences of impulse, Hawthorne leads his readers to question the value of Art and Culture and addresses the great evolutionary debate which was beginning to shake Victorian society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199554072
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 02/15/2009
Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 665,720
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Born on the fourth of July in 1804, Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote the stories that lie at the heart of the American Romantic movement. His portraits of colonial life reflect his Puritan heritage and offer fascinating profiles of individuals who strive for freedom from social conventions.

Date of Birth:

July 4, 1804

Date of Death:

May 19, 1864

Place of Birth:

Salem, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

Plymouth, New Hampshire

Education:

Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, 1824

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Looking around, her brow furrows in puzzlement. Slowly, she backs away before turning and running out.
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Ok. Thanks. He licked her head and paded out. (( um. So yea. Talk to ya well. Sometime. Well talk to ya in three weeks. <3 ))
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