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The Marble Faun

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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. (Summary by Wikipedia)
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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. (Summary by Wikipedia)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

16h 13m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

12:05


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

13:58


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

13:42


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

20:41


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

25:50


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

24:09


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

18:19


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

16:18


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

19:07


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

16:14


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

17:01


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

33:08


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

22:20


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

18:27


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

24:19


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

24:24


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

18:00


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

18:07


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

09:21


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

13:47


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

18:54


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

14:47


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

27:49


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

18:35


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

28:10


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

22:40


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

18:13


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

14:19


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

23:39


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

15:43


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

19:53


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

23:25


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

16:24


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

12:38


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

16:15


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

14:51


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

18:22


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

16:40


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

14:40


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

24:06


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

19:51


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

18:40


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

20:51


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

22:38


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

20:23


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

17:34


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

22:25


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

19:10


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

24:03


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

28:52