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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter
by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

'Thou and thine, Hester Prynne, belong to me.' With these chilling words a husband claims his wife after a two-year absence. But the child she clutches is not his, and Hester must wear a scarlet 'A' upon her breast, the sin of adultery visible to all. Under an assumed name her husband begins his search for her lover, determined to expose what Hester is equally determined to protect. Defiant and proud, Hester witnesses the degradation of two very different men, as moral codes and legal imperatives painfully collide. Set in the Puritan community of seventeenth-century Boston, The Scarlet Letter also sheds light on the nineteenth-century in which it was written, as Hawthorne explores his ambivalent relations with his Puritan forebears. The text of this edition is taken from the Centenary Edition of Hawthorne's works, the most authoritative critical edition.

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About Nathaniel Hawthorne



Brian Harding is Senior Lecturer in American Literature at the University of Birmingham.
Cindy Weinstein is Professor of English at the California Institute of Technology.

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GOR001165869
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Oxford World's Classics
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
2007-09-13
272
0199292469
9780199292462
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