West House Deluxe Whirlpool Suites

W55 - The Marble Faun Room

It’s said that sculptor Maria Louise Lander, granddaughter of Nathaniel West, was the inspiration for characters in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Marble Faun. The two dated for a bit before the relationship soured in 1858, stemming from rumors of Maria Louise modeling nude and having an affair with an unknown person while in Rome. If true, we wonder if she would have been a better muse for The Scarlet Letter.
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