Scarlet Letter

ISBN-10: 0312035462

ISBN-13: 9780312035464

Edition: 1991

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Adopted at more than 1,000 colleges and universities, Bedford/St. Martin's innovative Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism series has introduced more than a quarter of a million students to literary theory and earned enthusiastic praise nationwide. Along with an authoritative text of a major literary work, each volume presents critical essays, selected or prepared especially for students, that approach the work from several contemporary critical perspectives, such as gender criticism and cultural studies. Each essay is accompanied by an introduction (with bibliography) to the history, principles, and practice of its critical perspective. Every volume also surveys the biographical, historical, and critical contexts of the literary work and concludes with a glossary of critical terms. New editions reprint cultural documents that contextualize the literary works and feature essays that show how critical perspectives can be combined.
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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 12/15/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 371
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836

Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts. When he was four years old, his father died. Years later, with financial help from his maternal relatives who recognized his literary talent, Hawthorne was able to enroll in Bowdoin College. Among his classmates were the important literary and political figures Horatio Bridge, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Franklin Pierce. These friends supplied Hawthorne with employment during the early years after graduation while Hawthorne was still establishing himself as a legitimate author. Hawthorne's first novel, Fanshawe, which he self-published in 1828, wasn't quite the success that he had hoped it would be. Not willing to give up, he began writing stories for Twice-Told Tales. These stories established Hawthorne as a leading writer. In 1842, Hawthorne moved to Concord, Massachusetts, where he wrote a number of tales, including "Rappaccini's Daughter" and "Young Goodman Brown," that were later published as Mosses from an Old Manse. The overall theme of Hawthorne's novels was a deep concern with ethical problems of sin, punishment, and atonement. No one novel demonstrated that more vividly than The Scarlet Letter. This tale about the adulterous Puritan Hester Prynne is regarded as Hawthorne's best work and is a classic of American literature. Other famous novels written by Hawthorne include The House of Seven Gables and The Blithedale Romance. In 1852, Hawthorne wrote a campaign biography of his college friend Franklin Pierce. After Pierce was elected as President of the United States, he rewarded Hawthorne with the Consulship at Liverpool, England. Hawthorne died in his sleep on May 19, 1864, while on a trip with Franklin Pierce.

Introduction
Chronology of Nathaniel Hawthorne's Life and Work
Historical Context of The Scarlet Letter
Author's Preface to the Second Edition
The Custom House.--Introductory
The Prison-Door
The Market-Place
The Recognition
The Interview
Hester at Her Needle
Pearl
The Governor's Hall
The Elf-Child and the Minister
The Leech
The Leech and His Patient
The Interior of a Heart
The Minister's Vigil
Another View of Hester
Hester and the Physician
Hester and Pearl
A Forest Walk
The Pastor and His Parishioner
A Flood of Sunshine
The Child at the Brook-Side
The Minister in a Maze
The New England Holiday
The Procession
The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter
Conclusion
Nathaniel Hawthorne on The Scarlet Letter
Notes
Interpretive Notes
Critical Excerpts
Questions for Discussion
Suggestions for the Interested Reader
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