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The Marble Faun
by Nathaniel Hawthorne
introduction by Andrew Delbanco
Harvard University Press, 2013
Paper: 978-0-674-05028-0 | eISBN: 978-0-674-27361-0
Library of Congress Classification PS1862.A1 2013
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.3


Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Marble Faun mingles fable with fact in a mysterious tale of American artists liberated from New England mores in Rome. In his introduction, Andrew Delbanco remarks that Hawthorne’s novel is ultimately less about freedom than its costs. It is a book “that invites us to observe people in the grip of guilt, passion, or a naïve faith in God or art, and to watch them seek escape from their fears and doubts as their creed—whatever it is—fails them.” The John Harvard Library edition reproduces the authoritative text of The Marble Faun in The Centenary Edition of the Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne.

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