The Scarlet Letter
ISBN: 0679783385
EAN13: 9780679783381
Language: English
Publication Date: September 19, 2000
Pages: 304
Dimensions: 0.70" H x 7.90" L x 5.10" W
Weight: 0.50 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview
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
Editor Reviews
From the front Cover 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.