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The Marble Faun

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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 this 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.

Synopsis:

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 favorite guidebook to Rome for Victorian tourists, but this 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.

About the Author

Susan Manning has previously edited Scott's Quentin Durward, Washington Irving's Sketchbook and Crèvecoeur's Letters from an American Farmer for OWC. Her books include The Puritan-Provincial Vision and Fragments of Union.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780192839763
Author:
Hawthorne, Nathaniel
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Editor:
Manning, Susan
Author:
null, Susan
Author:
Manning, Susan
Author:
null, Nathaniel
Location:
Oxford
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Artists
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Literature/English | American Literature | 19th C
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)
Series Volume:
FPL-0227, 1973
Publication Date:
20020307
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 maps
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
5.1 x 7.7 x 1 in 0.656 lb

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"Synopsis" by , 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 favorite guidebook to Rome for Victorian tourists, but this 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.

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