The Great Stone Face (BookRags) Overview“The Great Stone Face” is a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It was originally published in 1850. The story takes place in a valley next to a mountain bearing an outcropping in the shape of a human face. It is prophesied that one day, someone born in the valley will grow up, achieve greatness, and will resemble the face. Ernest, a kind and gentle resident of the valley, admires the face and hopes to someday meet the person who will fulfill the prophecy. The story explores themes of virtue, beauty, and false forms of greatness.
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Project Gutenberg eBooks (1)
20,674 words, approx. 69 pages
The first three numbers in this collection are
tales of the White Hills in New Hampshire. The
passages from Sketches from Memory show that Hawthorne
had visited the mountains in one...
Nathaniel Hawthorne Biographies (7)
2,822 words, approx. 10 pages
The work of American fiction writer Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was based on the history of his Puritan ancestors and the New England of his own day but, in its "power of blackness," has universal...
5,757 words, approx. 20 pages
Nathaniel Hawthorne was fond of calling himself the "obscurist man of letters in America." Indeed, Edgar Allan Poe, with whom Hawthorne basically created the short story form in America, once said tha...
8,561 words, approx. 29 pages
In sketches, tales, and romances published in the second third of the nineteenth century, Hawthorne chose mainly American materials, drawing especially on the history of colonial New England and his n...
11,949 words, approx. 40 pages
When Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts, on our most patriotic holiday in 1804, his ancestral roots were already deeply planted in New England. Writing in The Scarlet Letter (1850) o...
6,695 words, approx. 23 pages
On 9 July 1842 Nathaniel Hawthorne and Sophia Peabody were married in a simple ceremony that capped a courtship of nearly five years. Thus Hawthorne, at the age of thirty-eight, assumed his role as he...
16,142 words, approx. 54 pages
Although Nathaniel Hawthorne called himself "the obscurest man in American letters," his achievements in fiction, both as short-story writer and novelist, offer models fashioned too well for contempor...
9,025 words, approx. 31 pages
Biography EssayIn sketches, tales, and romances published in the second third of the nineteenth century, Nathaniel Hawthorne chose mainly American materials, drawing especially on the history of colon...