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The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne, Kathryn Harrison
The Scarlet Letter
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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... show more
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
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780679783381 (0679783385)
Publisher: Modern Library
Pages no: 241
Edition language: English
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Books In My Heart
Books In My Heart rated it
5.0 My favorite Classic!
This book was amazing! I never even saw the ending happening. I mean for the man who was prosecuting the mother for having a "bastard child" was her father??? It was crazy! I suppose it was wriiten so long ago that I didn't see it coming.
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
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3.0 Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > The Scarlet Letter
I read this book in school. I wasn't crazy about it then, but it was a little better the second time. I honestly don't remember much about when I read it in school or the discussions about meanings that we probably had. I still got bored some, but Pearl kept me more interested this time. I like the ...
It's a Books World
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2.0 Review: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Goodreads summary: In seventeenth-century Boston, Hester Prynne shoulders the scorn of her fellow Puritan townsfolk for bearing a child out of wedlock. For her refusal to name the father of her daughter Pearl, Hester is made to wear a scarlet "A" stitched conspicuously upon her dress. But though she...
Moonlight Reader
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2.0 The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Plot summary (as if you don't already know) 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 di...
Niwue's Reads
Niwue's Reads rated it
2.5 Why use a full stop when you can just write on and on?
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...
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