Set in the harsh Puritan community of seventeenth-century Boston, this tale of an adulterous entanglement that results in an illegitimate birth reveals Nathaniel Hawthorne's concerns with the tension between the public and the private selves. Publicly disgraced and ostracized, Hester Prynne draws on her inner strength and certainty of spirit to emerge as the first true heroine of American fiction. Arthur Dimmesdale stands as a classic study of a seld divided; trapped by the rules of society, he suppresses his passion and disavows his lover, Hester, and their daughter, Pearl. As Nina Baym writes in her Introduction, The Scarlet Letter was not written as realistic, historical fiction, but as a "romance", a creation of the imagination that discloses the truth of the human heart.
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"All in all, a welcome addition to the Americanist's library." -- Joel Porte, Ernest I. White Professor of American Studies and Human Letters, Cornell UniversityFrom the Publisher:
Contains an 8-page plate section with long-unavailable pictures and drawings relating to Nathaniel Hawthorne and The Scarlet Letter.
Thoroughly edited and extensively annotated
Includes a 10,000-word section on Nathaniel Hawthorne's life and works, with a longer chapter on The Scarlet Letter, anecdotes, critical perspectives, adaptations and spin-offs
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Book Description Penguin Books, Limited (UK), 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11014062080X
Book Description Penguin Books, Limited (UK), 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 014062080X