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The Scarlett Letter

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne(Author)

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The Scarlet Letter: A Romance is an 1850 work of fiction in a historical setting, written by American author Nathaniel Hawthorne. The book is considered to be his "masterwork". Set in 17th-century Puritan Boston, Massachusetts, during the years 1642 to 1649, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who conceives a daughter through an affair and struggles to create a new life of repentance anddignity. Throughout the book, Hawthorne explores themes of legalism, sin, and guilt.

"[Nathaniel Hawthorne] recaptured, for his New England, the essence of Greek tragedy." --Malcolm Cowley --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | 136 pages
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne(Author)
  • CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (1 Jan. 1850)
  • English
  • 3
  • Romance

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  • By Cassandra on 9 February 2017

    As an English & American Literature student, I had to read this as it is considered one of the greatest defining novels of American literature. Not only in content, but also in narrative style:- American was considered the 'New World', and as Emerson suggested, America had to stray away from the literary conventions of English Literature, and create its own; and the easiest way of creating something 'original' would be through nature. Hawthorne beautifully encapsulates the innocence, and mysteriousness of the wilderness through the settings within the novel, as well as through Pearl who is the natural, but illegitimate child of love and passion.- Early on in this edition, Hawthorne points out that 'The Scarlet Letter' is a Romance rather than a novel. Therefore, it embodies elements of the medieval fairytale-like qualities, where the reader simply has to throw themselves into believing the supernatural or absurd.-What makes this novel the "grand symbol" of American literature is its action/symbolism driven qualities; it is not simply a story of a few characters, but the story of New England, the harsh and brutal laws of Puritanism, the cruel judgement of society, the contrast of youth and decay, etc.

  • By Guest on 1 January 2017

    I had been curious about this book for a long time so I decided to give it a go. While I knew that the subject matter was, the book turned out very different to my expectations. I figured out the central mystery very early on. It was an ok book but I have no desire to read it again

  • By John on 24 March 2017

    A remarkable insight into puritanical attitudes in 18th century Boston written in a linguistic style that not only challenges the reader with the richness of the writing but recaptures the importance of the use of words that are apposite in contrast to the careless use of the tools of language that is now prevalent in so many situations.

  • By Guest on 12 January 2017

    I ordered this edition of The Scarlet Letter for a university presentation next week only to find that the book stops part way through chapter 8, 16 chapters to early. Incredibly unhappy. Will be returning and hoping to receive a refund and a copy of the COMPLETE book before I have to write my presentation on Monday.Extremely unhappy and dissatisfied

  • By Ms Lamb on 15 May 2012

    The book itself takes a bit of getting into, but once you start to read it you literally become enthralled by the story-line. The way that the main character was shunned by her community for conceiving an illegitimate child merely highlights the contrast in modern society and in some ways can help to relate to those out there who have also found themselves shunned.The revelation of the father of the child comes as a shock to the reader and the eventual fate of the characters is a twist that no-one really expects. It really is a story of one woman out against the world with her child simply trying to fit in and go unnoticed- fighting the prejudice of her community. Truly riveting to read and I would seriously recommend it for the avid reader. It is a classic that cannot go unread.

  • By Jessica A on 13 March 2017

    Arrived in time, nice cover. I ordered this copy because I needed one for my English Essay. It seems more like a journal inside than the "ordinary" book I'm used to, but it's not that bad. The only thing is that the pages are unnumbered and that it misses the final citation, the one on [SPOILER] Hester's tombstone: "on a field, sable, the letter A, gules.".

  • By Julie in Staffordshire on 31 January 2014

    I ordered this book because it was a monthly 'read' of a book group that I belonged to. I quite enjoyed it as I remember seeing it serialised on TV many years ago and always intended to read it at some time. My best observation is that if you have ordered this particular book, then you already know what period and style it is written in and want to read it and so will probably enjoy it.

  • By cheryl belcher on 2 February 2016

    thank you for delivery as was promised well in time for book group read

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