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The Scarlet Letter

Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Introduction by Kathryn Harrison


The Scarlet Letter
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Category: Fiction - Classics
Imprint: Modern Library
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: September 2000
Price: $7.00
Can. Price: $8.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78338-1 (0-679-78338-5)
Pages: 304
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook, hardcover, paperback, trade paperback and a trade paperback.



 
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



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804, in Salem, Massachusetts, where his ancestors had been prominent since the sixteen hundreds.  He went to Bowdoin College in Maine, where his classmated included Franklin Pierce and Henry Wadsworth Longgellow.  His novels, which he called romances, include: The Scarlet Letter, The House of the Seven Gables, The Blithedale Romance, and The Marble Faun.  While on a journey to restore his health, he died in Plymouth , New Hampshire, on May 19, 1864.  He was buried on May 23, 1846, in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord.





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