The Scarlet Letter

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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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Set in the harsh Puritan community of seventeenth-century Boston, this title presents a tale of an adulterous entanglement that results in an illegitimate birth revealing the author's concerns with the tension between the public and the private selves.

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"["The Scarlet Letter's] Hester was the creation of someone who loved Woman, saw her, as Verdi did, as necessarily tragic and alone, but emotionally sacred in a diminished world . . . Hester is the only character in the book big enough to sustain a conflict-with the harsh Puritan world-equal to Hawthorne's own. In a book without heroes, Hester is a unique literary heroine." -from the Introduction by Alfred Kazin

"["The Scarlet Letter'"s] Hester was the creation of someone who loved Woman, saw her, as Verdi did, as necessarily tragic and alone, but emotionally sacred in a diminished world . . . Hester is the only character in the book big enough to sustain a conflict-with the harsh Puritan world-equal to Hawthorne's own. In a book without heroes, Hester is a unique literary heroine." -from the Introduction by Alfred Kazin

""The Scarlet Letter'"s Hester was the creation of someone who loved Woman, saw her, as Verdi did, as necessarily tragic and alone, but emotionally sacred in a diminished world . . . Hester is the only character in the book big enough to sustain a conflict-with the harsh Puritan world-equal to Hawthorne's own. In a book without heroes, Hester is a unique literary heroine." -from the Introduction by Alfred Kazin

["The Scarlet Letter "s] Hester was the creation of someone who loved Woman, saw her, as Verdi did, as necessarily tragic and alone, but emotionally sacred in a diminished world . . . Hester is the only character in the book big enough to sustain a conflict with the harsh Puritan world equal to Hawthorne s own. In a book without heroes, Hester is a unique literary heroine. from the Introduction by Alfred Kazin"

[The Scarlet Letter s] Hester was the creation of someone who loved Woman, saw her, as Verdi did, as necessarily tragic and alone, but emotionally sacred in a diminished world . . . Hester is the only character in the book big enough to sustain a conflict with the harsh Puritan world equal to Hawthorne s own. In a book without heroes, Hester is a unique literary heroine. from the Introduction by Alfred Kazin"

"[The Scarlet Letter's] Hester was the creation of someone who loved Woman, saw her, as Verdi did, as necessarily tragic and alone, but emotionally sacred in a diminished world . . . Hester is the only character in the book big enough to sustain a conflict-with the harsh Puritan world-equal to Hawthorne's own. In a book without heroes, Hester is a unique literary heroine." -from the Introduction by Alfred Kazin

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