The Scarlet Letter

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The Scarlet Letter

Format:  Hardcover,

304 pages

Publisher: Bookmasters Dist Serv

Publish Date: Oct 2009

ISBN-13: 9781904633129

ISBN-10: 1904633129

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Hawthorne's classic novel is a searing condemnation of hypocrisy and callousness in Puritan America. Roger Chillingworth, an ageing scholar, arrives in New England after two years separation from his wife Hester to find her on trial for adultery. Because she refuses to reveal the identity of her lover and the father of her child, she is condemned to wear a letter 'A' sewn onto her clothes. Roger resolves to discover and destroy the man who has stolen his honor, and for the next seven years, the participants in this bizarre love triangle suffer the consequences of betrayal, cowardice, and humiliation. The world's greatest works of literature are now available in these beautiful keepsake volumes. Bound in real cloth, and featuring gilt edges and ribbon markers, these beautifully produced books are a wonderful way to build a handsome library of classic literature. These are the essential novels that belong in every home. They'll transport readers to imaginary worlds and provide excitement, entertainment, and enlightenment for years to come. All of these novels feature attractive illustrations and have an unequalled period feel that will grace the library, the bedside table or bureau.

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Publisher: Bookmasters Dist Serv
Publish Date: Oct 2009
ISBN-13: 9781904633129
ISBN-10: 1904633129
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 304
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.4
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.25 x 6.5 x 0.75

About the author

Biography of Hawthorne, Nathaniel

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.

Book description

Hawthorne's classic novel is a searing condemnation of hypocrisy and callousness in Puritan America. Roger Chillingworth, an ageing scholar, arrives in New England after two years separation from his wife Hester to find her on trial for adultery. Because she refuses to reveal the identity of her lover and the father of her child, she is condemned to wear a letter ‘A’ sewn onto her clothes. Roger resolves to discover and destroy the man who has stolen his honor, and for the next seven years, the participants in this bizarre love triangle suffer the consequences of betrayal, cowardice, and humiliation.

The world's greatest works of literature are now available in these beautiful keepsake volumes. Bound in real cloth, and featuring gilt edges and ribbon markers, these beautifully produced books are a wonderful way to build a handsome library of classic literature. These are the essential novels that belong in every home. They'll transport readers to imaginary worlds and provide excitement, entertainment, and enlightenment for years to come. All of these novels feature attractive illustrations and have an unequalled period feel that will grace the library, the bedside table or bureau.

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Rated 1 out of 5★ by Its a mini book! I was very disappointed to get this book and realize its just a little mini book. I suppose it's my fault for not looking at the dimensions when I ordered it, but who does?? I just assumed it would be normal size. 12/29/2013
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