Four Americans

Four Americans

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"[...]human heart; the print of a hand on the heroine's cheek in "The Birthmark," a sign of earthly imperfection which only death can eradicate; the mechanical butterfly in "The Artist of the Beautiful," for which the artist no longer cares, when once he has embodied his thought. Zenobia in "The Blithedale Romance" has every day a hot-house flower sent down from a Boston conservatory and wears it in her hair or the bosom of her gown, where it seems to express her exotic beauty. It is characteristic of the romancer that he does not specify whether this symbolic blossom was a gardenia, an orchid, a tuberose, a japonica, or what it was. Thoreau, if we can imagine him writing a romance, would have added the botanical name.[...]."show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 2.29mm | 108.86g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507701675
  • 9781507701676