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1895 Excerpt: ...artists have tried to picture the American girl
abroad Howells attempted it in his Lady of the Aroostook, and
greatly improved on Miss Blood in his Buffalo girl named Brown in
his Indian Summer, and his Boston woman in New York, seeking her
change of fortunes, is far better than either. The caricature of
"Daisy Miller" by James, even as amended in his "perfect lady " has
been followed by so many, that we welcomed with pleasure the bright
" Vassar Girls Abroad," by Mrs. Champney, though they were about
the only "Innocents Abroad" that summer; for "Daphne" by Mrs.
Cruger, and the "Fair Barbarian" by Mrs. Burnett were there soon
after and drove them home. But no one as yet has portrayed the
highest type of the Puritan Maiden, educated yet lovely, so well as
our greatest master, Nathaniel Hawthorne, in his Hilda of the
Marble Faun. That it was real, and drawn from life, was evident as
soon as it was seen; as the four characters stand at once together
on its first page, Miriam, Hilda, Kenyon and Donatello, in the
sculpture gallery in the Capitol at Rome, looking at the antique
relic of a statue, the Faun of Praxiteles. The very spirit of
mischief is in it as the three young American artists chaff the
young Italian count, Donatello, with his resemblance to the Faun,
"the true and natural conception of the antique in poetry and art;"
and wonder how any sculptor, though a poet also, could have
imagined the sportive and frisky thing, and then succeeded in
imprisoning it in marble. The curious imagination is indicated
mainly by the two ears of the Faun, which are leafshaped,
terminating in little peaks, covered with soft, downy fur, and by
"a certain caudal appendage, which is hidden by the l...
|Country of origin:
Henry Clay Badger
||246 x 189 x 4mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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