The Marble Faun, Or, The Romance of Monte Beni

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Ticknor and Fields, 1860 - 288 páginas
 

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Comentário do usuário  - eowynfaramir - LibraryThing

Hawthorne disappointed me in The Marble Faun. I had very high expectations after having loved The Scarlet Letter and having recently read and enjoyed both The House of the Seven Gables and The ... Ler resenha completa

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I loved Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and The House of Seven Gables; I thought both had brilliant characters and writing. In the case of Hester Prynne of The Scarlet Letter, I loved her strength and ... Ler resenha completa

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