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Marble Faun, The

By Hawthorne, Nathaniel

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Book Id: WPLBN0002951032
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Reproduction Date: 2010

Title: Marble Faun, The  
Author: Hawthorne, Nathaniel
Volume:
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Fiction, Fantasy
Collection: Audio Books Collection
Subcollection: Marble Faun, The
Historic
Publication Date:
1860
Publisher: LibriVox Audio Books

Description
The Marble Faun is Hawthorne's most unusual romance. Writing on the eve of the American Civil War, Hawthorne set his story in a fantastical Italy. The romance mixes elements of a fable, pastoral, gothic novel, and travel guide. In the spring of 1858, Hawthorne was inspired to write his romance when he saw the Faun of Praxiteles in a Roman sculpture gallery. The theme, characteristic of Hawthorne, is guilt and the Fall of Man. The four main characters are Miriam, a beautiful painter who is compared to Eve, Beatrice Cenci, Lady Macbeth, Judith, and Cleopatra, and is being pursued by a mysterious, threatening Model; Hilda, an innocent copyist who is compared to the Virgin Mary; Kenyon, a sculptor, who represents rationalist humanism; and Donatello, the Count of Monti Beni, who is compared to Adam, resembles the Faun of Praxiteles, and is probably only half human.

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Electronic recorded live performance of a reading

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Fiction, Fantasy, Romance

 
 



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