Scarlet Letter - Nathanial Hawthorne (Paperback)

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Barcode
9781848373235
Department
Books
Released
1 Aug 2009
Supply Source
UK

Book

Authors
Nathanial Hawthorne
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Arcturus Publishing Ltd
Series
Arcturus Classics
Language
English
Number of Pages
224
Dimensions
198 x 129 x 14mm (170g)

Summary

It is considered a masterpiece of American literature and a classic moral study. The novel is set in a village in Puritan New England. The main character is Hester Prynne, a young woman who has borne an illegitimate child. Hester believes herself a widow, but her husband, Roger Chillingworth, returns to New England very much alive and conceals his identity. He finds his wife forced to wear the scarlet letter A on her dress as punishment for her adultery. Chillingworth becomes obsessed with finding the identity of his wife's former lover. When he learns that the father of Hester's child is Arthur Dimmesdale, a saintly young minister who is the leader of those exhorting her to name the child's father, Chillingworth proceeds to torment the guilt-stricken young man. In the end Chillingworth is morally degraded by his monomaniacal pursuit of revenge; Dimmesdale is broken by his own sense of guilt, and he publicly confesses his adultery before dying in Hester's arms. Only Hester can face the future bravely, as she plans to take her daughter Pearl to Europe to begin a new life.

Fiction

General Subject
Literature/Classics
BISAC Subject 1
Fiction / Classics
BISAC Subject 2
Fiction / Classics
BIC Classification 1
Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
Dewey Classification
813.3
Readership
General (US: Trade)

Author Bio

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was a prolific American writer of fiction, including eight novels. He also worked in local and national politics, with an appointment in Europe during the presidency of Franklin Pierce. Hawthorne is considered to be one of the greatest American writers.