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The Marble Faun: or, The Romance of Monte Beni (Penguin Classics) by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Richard H. Brodhead
The last of Hawthorne's completed romances was also thought by its author to be his best. The Marble Faun certainly was the outcome of copious observation and mature deliberation; and it was produced after he had rested from composition for the space of five years. He began the book in the winter of 1859, at Rome, while harassed by illness in his family, and to some extent distracted by the number of interests appealing to him on all sides -- "interruptions," as he expressed it, "from things to see and things to suffer."
Introduction by George Parsons Lathrop.
Contemporary and Early Reviews
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Review from the April 1860 issue of The North American Review
Review from the May 1860 issue of New Englander and Yale Review
Review from the April 1860 issue of The Atlantic Monthly
Review describing The Marble Faun as allegory from the October 1861 issue of New Englander and Yale Review
Article describing a trip to the actual scenes of The Marble Faun from the September 1871 issue of Scribner's Monthly, an illustrated magazine for the people