The Great Stone Face, by Nathaniel Hawthorne

I resisted my dear one’s urging me to record Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Great Stone Face as long as I could. After all, Basil Rathbone mastered the job of telling the story, but our home-made cassette tape copy is wearing out, and we haven’t found a replacement after years of searching. So, I acknowledge and thank Mr. Rathbone, may he rest in peace, for his inspiration during my recording.

Excerpt recorded by Grace Buchanan.

Basil Rathbone was confined to the 20-minute length of a vinyl 33 1/3 LP record in 1960, so his version was edited, but I spoke the entire 1897 text.

Hear me read the entire story, #8 in the LibriVox Short Story Collection Vol 084 at Internet Archive.

A favorite line:
“behold a man who might have fulfilled the prophecy, and had not willed to do so.”

Are YOU pursuing your grandest dreams? I see that we are each a piece of a jigsaw puzzle. The picture is best when we each contribute our piece.

Read The Great Stone Face in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s collection of short stories titled Little Masterpieces at Project Gutenberg.

Listen to all the work that I’ve done for LIbriVox.

This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit

Image credit:
“NH Franconia NH RPPC Rocky Outcrop Old Man of the Mountain also known as Great Stone Face or The Profile on Cannon Mountain in White Mountains Photographer Unknown Postmarked”
by UpNorth Memories – Donald (Don) Harrison
is licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0

The Great Stone Face was the 8th track in the LibriVox Short Story Collection 84.

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