Earth's Holocaust  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Earth's Holocaust is a story by Nathaniel Hawthorne from the collection Mosses from an Old Manse.

It is about a society that burns everything that it finds offensive, including its literature. Special attention is paid to The Bible as the last book burned:

"Upon the blazing heap of falsehood and worn-out truth--things that the earth had never needed, or had ceased to need, or had grown childishly weary of--fell the ponderous church Bible, the great old volume that had lain so long on the cushion of the pulpit, and whence the pastor's solemn voice had given holy utterance on so many a Sabbath day."




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