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The Marble Faun : Penguin Classics - Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Marble Faun

Penguin Classics

By: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Richard Broadhead (Editor), Richard Brodhead (Introduction by)

Paperback Published: 1st October 1990
ISBN: 9780140390773
Number Of Pages: 528
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Hawthorne's novel of Americans abroad, the first novel to explore the influence of European cultural ideas on American morality. Although it is set in Rome, the fictive world of The Marble Faun depends not on Italy's social or historical significance, but rather on its aesthetic importance as a definer of 'civilization'. As in The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne is concerned here with the nature of transgression and guilt. A murder, motivated by love, affects not only Donatello, the murderer, but his beloved Miriam and their friends Hilda and Kenyon. As he explores the reactions of each to the crime, Hawthorne dramatizes both the freedoms a new cultural model inspires and the self-censoring conformities it requires. His examination of the influence of European culture on American travellers lay the groundwork for such later works of American fiction as Mark Twain's The Innocents Abroad and Henry James' The Portrait of a Lady.

"Describ[es] Rome and Italian scenes as few others have." --Anthony Trollope

ISBN: 9780140390773
ISBN-10: 0140390774
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 1st October 1990
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.36

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