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978-0-679-41731-6 / 0679417311

The Scarlet Letter (Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics)

by Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Publisher:Everyman's Library

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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Hester Prynne is a beautiful young woman. She is also an outcast. In the eyes of her neighbours she has committed an unforgivable sin. Everyone knows that her little daughter Pearl is the product of an illicit affair but no one knows the identity of Pearls father. Hesters refusal to name him brings more condemnation upon her. But she stands strong in the face of public scorn, even when she is forced to wear the sign of her shame sewn onto her clothes: the scarlet letter A for Adulteress.

The story of Hester Prynnefound out in adultery, pilloried by her Puritan community, and abandoned, in different ways, by both her partner in sin and her vengeance-seeking husbandpossesses a reality heightened by Hawthornes pure human sympathy and his unmixed devotion to his supposedly fallen but fundamentally innocent heroine.

In its moral force and the beauty of its conciliations, The Scarlet Letter rightly deserves its stature as the first great novel written by an American, the novel that announced an American literature equal to any in the world.

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

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