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PASSAGES FROM THE FRENCH AND ITALIAN NOTEBOOKS. by Hawthorne Nathaniel - First Edition - 1872 - from Buddenbrooks, Inc. and


by Hawthorne Nathaniel

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Boston,: James R. Osgood and Company, 1872. Two volumes. First American Edition. Clark A28.2A, B.A.L.7636. 8vo,, original green cloth. This book turns up, but fine copies are not the rule and this copy is an uncommonly fine bright copy. "When "The Marble Faun" was first published, it attracted American readers, at least, almost as much by its descriptions of Roman ruins and Italian landscape by the delicate and imaginative touch with which it reproduced or gave new meaning to famous works of antique and Renaissance art, as by the weird fascination of its plot and psychological problems. How the author was enabled to impart this additional charm to his work is explained by a perusal of his "French and Italian Note-Books." There the daily experience of his Italian sojourn, and the mute life of painting and sculpture as it stood to be reviewed by his eye, are set down precisely as they presented themselves to him at the time.
Of France he saw but little, and the main portion of these journals is therefore devoted to Italy, where he remained from the end of January, 1858, until the middle of May, 1859." - George Parsons Lathrop.
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