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Scarlet Letter

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ISBN-10: 0674035747

ISBN-13: 9780674035744

Edition: 1962

Authors: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Michael J. Colacurcio, N. Hawthorne

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Book details

Copyright year: 1962
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 12/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804 in Salem, Mass. When Hawthorne 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 1928, wasn't quite the success that he had hoped it would be. Not willing to give up, Hawthorne began writing stories for Twice-Told Tales. These stories established Hawthorne as a leading writer. In 1842, Hawthorne moved to Concord, Mass., 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 to The Scarlet Letter
A Preface to the Text
Textual Introduction: The Scarlet Letter
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
Variants in the First Edition
Variants in the Second Edition
Editorial Emendations in the Copy-Text
Textual Notes
Historical Collation
Word-Division
Special Collation List: Variants between the First and Second Editions
Appendix to the Third Printing