The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne (Paperback)

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Product Details

Barcode
9780679783381
Department
Books
Released
10 May 2000
Supply Source
UK

Book

Authors
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Kathryn Harrison (Introduction by)
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Random House Inc
Edition
150th Anniversary ed
Series
Modern Library Classics
Language
English
Number of Pages
270
Dimensions
210 x 133 x 13mm (249g)

Annotation

In early colonial Massachusetts, a young woman endures the consequences of her sin of adultery and spends the rest of her life in atonement.

Summary

  • Introduction by Kathryn Harrison
    Commentary by Nathaniel Hawthorne, W. D. Howells, and Carl Van Doren
     
    A stark 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 heroine.”
     
    Includes a Modern Library Reading Group Guide

Fiction

General Subject
Fiction
BISAC Subject 1
Fiction / Literary
BISAC Subject 2
Fiction / Classics
BIC Classification 1
Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
Library Subject 1
Triangles (Interpersonal relations); Fiction.
Library Subject 2
Illegitimate children; Fiction.
Library Subject 3
Women immigrants; Fiction.
Academic Subject 1
Continuations Default Code
Dewey Classification
813/.3

Author Bio

Kathryn Harrison has written the novels Enchantments, Thicker Than Water, Exposure, Poison, The Binding Chair, The Seal Wife, and Envy. Her autobiographical work includes The Kiss, Seeking Rapture, The Road to Santiago, and The Mother Knot. She lives in New York with her husband, the novelist Colin Harrison, and their three children.

Review Quotes

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