Der scharlachrote Buchstabe, 1850 von Nathaniel Hawthorne verfasst, gilt als eines der bedeutendsten Werke der amerikanischen Literatur. Die Handlung des Romans spielt in einer strenggl?ubigen Siedlung in Neuengland zu Zeiten des amerikanischen Puritanismus. Der Autor selbst entstammte einer puritanischen Familie. Somit kann dieses Buch als eine Abrechnung mit religi?sem Eifer und Heuchelei gewertet werden. Auch eine Kritik an der zu Machtzwecken missbrauchten Religion l?sst sich nicht leugnen. Erz?hlt wird die ...
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Der scharlachrote Buchstabe

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Der scharlachrote Buchstabe, 1850 von Nathaniel Hawthorne verfasst, gilt als eines der bedeutendsten Werke der amerikanischen Literatur. Die Handlung des Romans spielt in einer strenggläubigen Siedlung in Neuengland zu Zeiten des amerikanischen Puritanismus. Der Autor selbst entstammte einer puritanischen Familie. Somit kann dieses Buch als eine Abrechnung mit religiösem Eifer und Heuchelei gewertet werden. Auch eine Kritik an der zu Machtzwecken missbrauchten Religion lässt sich nicht leugnen. Erzählt wird die Geschichte der Ehebrecherin Esther Prynne, die trotz öffentlicher Anprangerung den Vater ihres unehelichen Kindes nicht nennen will. Die Einwohner wissen um ihren Ehebruch. Zur Strafe muss sie ein scharlachrotes 'A' auf ihrer Brust tragen. Der Leser erfährt vom Kampf Esthers um die Achtung der Dorfbewohner. Sie sucht die Vergebung ihrer Sünden. Alles verkompliziert sich, als der verschollen geglaubte Ehemann wieder auftaucht. Das Buch hat eine starke Verankerung in der amerikanischen Kultur. Es dürfte eines der meistgelesenen Bücher im englischsprachigen Raum sein. Wofür der Buchstabe 'A' steht, ist wohl das berühmteste Rätsel der amerikanischen Literatur. 1. Auflage Umfang: 271 Normseiten bzw. 299 Buchseiten Null Papier Verlag - null-papier - facebook.com/Null.Papier.Verlag
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783954183043
  • Publisher: Null Papier Verlag
  • Publication date: 5/30/2013
  • Language: German
  • Sold by: Bookwire
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 299
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Nathaniel Hawthorne
"Words -- so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them," Nathaniel Hawthorne once reflected. Hawthorne's own words indeed had an undeniable power. Author of The Scarlet Letter and originator of the American short story, Hawthorne left an indelible impression on literature that would influence his fellow writers into the next century.


Nathaniel Hathorne, Jr., was born into an established New England puritan family on Independence Day, 1804, in Salem, Massachusetts. After the sudden death of his father, he and his mother and sisters moved in with his mother's family in Salem. Nathaniel's early education was informal; he was home-schooled by tutors until he enrolled in Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

Uninterested in conventional professions such as law, medicine, or the ministry, Nathaniel chose instead to rely "for support upon my pen." After graduation, he returned to his hometown, wrote short stories and sketches, and chanced the spelling of his surname to "Hawthorne." Hawthorne's coterie consisted of transcendentalist thinkers, including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Although he did not subscribe entirely to the group's philosophy, he lived for six months at Brook Farm, a cooperative living community the transcendentalists established in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.

On July 9, 1942, Hawthorne married a follower of Emerson, Sophia Peabody, with whom he had a daughter, Una, and a son, Julian. The couple purchased a mansion in Concord, Massachusetts, that previously had been occupied by author Louisa May Alcott. Frequently in financial difficulty, Hawthorne worked at the custom houses in Salem and Boston to support his family and his writing. His peaceful life was interrupted when his college friend, Franklin Pierce, now president of the United States, appointed him U.S. consul at Liverpool, England, where he served for four years.

The publication of The Scarlet Letter in 1850 changed the way society viewed Puritanism. Considered his masterpiece, the novel focuses on Hawthorne's recurrent themes of sin, guilt, and punishment. Some critics have attributed his sense of guilt to his ancestors' connection with the persecution of Quakers in seventeenth-century New England and their prominent role in the Salem witchcraft trials in the 1690s.

On May 19, 1864, Hawthorne died in Plymouth, New Hampshire, leaving behind several unfinished novels that were published posthumously. He is buried at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of The Scarlet Letter.

Good To Know

Hawthorne's birth name was actually Nathaniel Hathorne. It's rumored that he added a "w" to avoid being associated with his Puritan grandfather, Judge Hathorne -- who presided over the Salem Witch Trials.

Among Hawthorne's peers at Maine's Bowdoin College: author Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Franklin Pierce, who would later become the country's 14th president.

In its first week of publication, The Scarlet Letter sold 4,000 copies.

Hawthorne died on May 19, 1864, at the Pemigewasset House in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Ironically, former president Franklin Pierce had advised him to go there for his health.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      July 4, 1804
    2. Place of Birth:
      Salem, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Death:
      May 19, 1864
    2. Place of Death:
      Plymouth, New Hampshire
    1. Education:
      Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, 1824

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"Hört, Weiber!" rief eine Fünfzigjährige mit harten Zügen, "ich will euch etwas sagen. Es würde sehr zum öffentlichen Wohle gereichen, wenn wir Weiber, die wir von reifem Alter und in gutem Rufe stehende Gemeindemitglieder sind, mit der Bestrafung von Missetäterinnen wie dieser Esther Prynne beauftragt würden. Was meint ihr, Gevatterinnen? Würde die schlimme Dirne, wenn sie vor uns fünfen, die wir hier beisammen stehen, zur Aburteilung gelangte, mit einem Spruche, wie ihn die würdigen Richter gefällt haben, davonkommen? Meiner Treu, ich glaub es nicht."
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Table of Contents

I - Die Gefängnistür II - Der Marktplatz III - Die Erkennung IV - Die Zusammenkunft V - Esther mit der Nadel VI - Perle VII - Das Haus des Gouverneurs VIII - Das Elfenkind und der Geistliche IX - Der Heilkünstler X - Der Arzt und sein Patient XI - Das Innere eines Herzens XII - Die Vigilie des Geistlichen XIII - Ein zweiter Blick auf Esther XIV - Esther und der Arzt XV - Esther und Perle XVI - Ein Spaziergang im Walde XVII - Der Pfarrer und sein Pfarrkind XVIII - Flut von Sonnenschein XIX - Das Kind am Bache XX - Der Geistliche im Labyrinth XXI - Feiertag in Neu-England XXII - Der Aufzug XXIII - Die Offenbarung des scharlachroten Buchstabens XXIV - Schluß
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