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Written by Nathaniel HawthorneAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Introduction by Kathryn HarrisonAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Kathryn Harrison

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
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  • Publisher: Modern Library
  • On Sale: September 19, 2000
  • Price: $7.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-679-78338-1 (0-679-78338-5)
about this book

A stark and allegorical 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 American heroine, a mother of such strength and stature that she towers over her progeny much as she does the citizens of Salem."

"[Nathaniel Hawthorne] recaptured, for his New England, the essence of Greek tragedy." --Malcolm Cowley