The Marble Faun is Hawthorne’s most unusual romance, and possibly one of the strangest major works of American fiction. 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. The climax comes less than halfway through the story, and Hawthorne intentionally fails to answer many of the reader’s questions about the characters and Online cialis sale the plot. (Complaints about this led Hawthorne to add a Postscript to the second edition).
Checks at a couple of local libraries showed they both have it in omnibus collections of novels and other stories. Also on Project Gutenberg, of course: Volume 1 and Volume 2.
Yesterday, after finishing As I Lay Dying, I saw a mention that Faulkner also has a story called “The Marble Faun.”
“Interesting coincidence,” I thought to myself, making a mental note to check it out.
Meanwhile I started The Age of Innocence, which I picked up at B&N last weekend. Lo & behold, in chapter 5:
“If you dined with the Buy xenical online canadian Lovell Mingotts you got canvas-back and terrapin and vintage wines; at Adeline Archer’s you could talk about Alpine scenery and ‘The Marble Faun’…”
A few months ago I got the idea to create a reading queue based on anniversary. There were quite a few great books celebrating more or less significant birthdays in 2009.
Continuing the idea, here’s a list of possibilities to choose from for 2010, with the ordinal in parentheses. The list is skewed to 20th Century lit since I didn’t go farther back in my searching except for certain authors — there will be scads of additional selections available if you feel like looking around. Feel free to offer any other suggestions in the comments.
I’ll strike out those I get around to reading during the year.
The Brothers Karamazov (130th) – Fyodor Dostoyevsky