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The Scarlet Letter

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Introduction by Kathryn Harrison

Commentary by Nathaniel Hawthorne, W. D. Howells, and Carl Van Doren

 

A stark tale of adultery, guilt, and social repression in Puritan New England, The Scarlet Letter is a foundational work of American literature. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s exploration of the dichotomy between the public and private self, internal passion and external convention, gives us the unforgettable Hester Prynne, who discovers strength in the face of ostracism and emerges as a heroine ahead of her time. As Kathryn Harrison points out in her Introduction, Hester is “the herald of the modern heroine.”

 

Includes a Modern Library Reading Group Guide

About the Author

Hawthorne was a novelist and short-story writer, born in Salem, MA. Educated at Bowdon College, he shut himself away for 12 years to learn to write fiction. His first major success was the novel The Scarlet Letter (1850), still the best known of his works. Other books include The House of the Seven Gables (1851), The Snow Image (1852), and a campaign biography of his old schoolfriend, President Franklin Pierce, on whose inauguration Hawthorne became consul at Liverpool (1853--7). Only belatedly recognized in his own country, he continued to write articles and stories, notably those for the Atlantic Monthly, collected as Our Old Home

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679783381
Author:
Hawthorne, Nathaniel
Publisher:
Modern Library
Introduction by:
Harrison, Kathryn
Introduction:
Harrison, Kathryn
Author:
Harrison, Kathryn
Location:
New York
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Massachusetts
Subject:
Adultery
Subject:
Married women
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Clergy
Subject:
Puritans
Subject:
Boston
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2000
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Classics
Series Volume:
15
Publication Date:
20000931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.15 x 0.61 in 0.5 lb

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