The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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This Norton Critical Edition of Nathaniel Hawthorne s most widely read novel appears during the bicentennial anniversary year of his birth.

The text of The Scarlet Letter is based on the 1850 third edition, the first set in stereotype plates and the basis of subsequent printings in Hawthorne s lifetime. An invaluable selection of contextual material includes five Hawthorne stories that are closely related to The Scarlet Letter, along with relevant letters and notebook entries. A substantial excerpt from Hawthorne s campaign biography of Franklin Pierce offers a revealing glimpse at Hawthorne s political thought, especially regarding slavery and abolition. "Criticism" provides a comprehensive overview of early and modern commentary on The Scarlet Letter and the stories in this edition, including nineteenth-century reviews of the novel and critical essays by Robert S. Levine, Nina Baym, Larry J. Reynolds, and Jean Fagan Yellin. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.

About Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864) was a novelist and short story writer. He wrote many classic novels including The Scarlet Letter, Tanglewood Tales, Twice-Told Tales, and The House of the Seven Gables.
Published August 24, 2014 by Providence Treasury. 227 pages
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ACCORDING to Julia Hawthorne, who looked Herman Melville up while researching his biography of his famous father, the author of 'Moby-Dick' believed that 'there were some secret in my father's life which has never been revealed,' one that 'accounted for the gloomy passages in his books.' Hawthorn...

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At the conclusion of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter we know that the detested Roger Chillingworth, Hester Prynnne's husband, deprived of his revenge, “withered up, shrivelled away and almost vanished from mortal sight,” dying within the year.

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For certain, everyone remembers Hester Prynne, the woman at the center of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s THE SCARLET LETTER.

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Forced by the outraged townspeople to wear a vivid letter "A" for adultery on the breast of her gown, Hester refuses to name her daughter's father and accepts a life set apart from nearly everyone she knows.

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