The Marble Faun

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Courier Corporation, 2004 - Fiction - 291 pages
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Murder and romance, innocence and experience dominate this masterfully constructed novel set in Rome during the mid-19th century.
Three young American artists and their friend, an Italian count, find their lives irrevocably linked when one of them commits a murder. Nathaniel Hawthorne's final novel symbolizing the Fall of Man is a captivating tale concerned as much with the power and beauty of art as with the striking, intimate details of the historic sites visited by the travelers.
A provocative view at Americans abroad, this long-overlooked novel is "must reading" for anyone who relishes crimes of passion set against the picturesque details of Old World landmarks.
 

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Contents

Miriam Hilda Kenyon Donatello
1
The Faun
5
Subterranean Reminiscences
10
The Specter of the Catacomb
14
Miriamss Studio
20
The Virgins Shrine
29
Beatrice
36
The Suburban Villa
41
Myths
149
The Owl Tower
155
On the Battlements
160
Donatellos Bust
167
The Marble Saloon
172
Scenes by the Way
179
Pictured Windows
186
Market Day in Perugia
192

The Faun and Nymph
45
The Sylvan Dance
50
Fragmentary Sentences
54
A Stroll on the Pincian
59
A Sculptors Studio
68
Cleopatra
74
An Aesthetic Company
79
A Moonlight Ramble
86
Miriams Trouble
93
On the Edge of a Precipice
98
The Fauns Transformation
105
The Burial Chant
109
The Dead Capuchin
114
The Medici Gardens
120
Miriam and Hilda
124
The Tower Among the Appennines
130
Sunshine
135
The Pedigree of Monte Beni
142
The Bronze Pontiffs Benediction
196
Hildas Tower
202
The Emptiness of Picture Galleries
207
Altars and Incense
213
The Worlds Cathedral
219
Hilda and a Friend
225
Snowdrops and Maidenly Delights
232
Reminiscences of Miriam
237
The Extinction of a Lamp
242
The Deserted Shrine
248
The Flight of Hildas Doves
254
A Walk on the Campagna
260
The Peasant and Contadina
264
A Scene in the Corso
271
A Frolic in the Carnival
276
Miriam Hilda Kenyon Donatello
283
POSTSCRIPT
288
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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.

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