Monthly Archives: January 2013

‘Romance and poetry … need Ruin to make them grow’: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Marble Faun, or, The Romance of Monte Beni

At last, back at my desk from summer holidays – surfing on the Sunshine Coast – and turning my mind to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s extraordinary novel The Marble Faun. The last of Hawthorne’s five novels, The Marble Faun is a haunting … Continue reading

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On being devastated, F Scott Fitzgerald’s heart and national narratives

The wonderful Elizabeth Lhuede says something in her wrap of her ‘year of reading books by Australian women‘ that struck me on the spot and hasn’t left me since. In ‘a confession’, she admits that despite calling herself a ‘”Devoted … Continue reading

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